Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper

Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper

Alexandra Harris


Winner of the 2010 Guardian First e-book Award: a groundbreaking reassessment of English cultural lifestyles within the thirties and forties.

within the Thirties and Forties, whereas the battles for contemporary paintings and glossy society have been being fought in Paris and Spain, it looked as if it would a few a betrayal that John Betjeman and John Piper have been in love with a provincial global of previous church buildings and tea shops.

Alexandra Harris tells a special tale: eclectically, passionately, wittily, urgently, English artists have been exploring what it intended to be alive at that second and in England. They confirmed that “the glossy” needn't be at battle with the previous: constructivists and conservatives may interact, or even the Bauhaus émigré László Moholy-Nagy was once beguiled into taking photographs for Betjeman’s nostalgic An Oxford college Chest.

A wealthy community of non-public and cultural encounters used to be the backdrop for a latest English renaissance. This nice imaginitive undertaking used to be shared via writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics, and composers. Piper deserted purist abstracts to make collages at the blustery coast; Virginia Woolf wrote in her final novel a few village festival on a showery summer season day. Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, and the Sitwells also are a part of the tale, besides invoice Brandt and Graham Sutherland, Eric Ravilious and Cecil Beaton. 60 colour and 20 black-and-white illustrations

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