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Realism

byJames Malpas

Paperback | July 13, 1997

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Realist art of the twentieth century is striking for its diversity. It has no shared style or manifesto of intention. Yet a common thread in realist art is a commitment to the modern world and to things as they are. This book examines realism in Europe and America, beginning with its roots in the aims of Gustave Courbet in nineteenth-century France. The realist outlook is exemplified in the work of Georg Grosz in his observations of urban life in Weimar Germany or, in America, in the high focus paintings of Edward Hopper and Grant Wood. The author also examines the so-called "socialist realism" of Stalin's Soviet Union and the condemnation in Germany of artists not conforming to Nazi academic-realist demands. He describes French and Italian painting between the wars and the political intentions of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. British realists, among them Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, are discussed in detail, as are the Pop artists Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol.
Title:RealismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 13, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521627575

ISBN - 13:9780521627573

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Nineteenth-Century Legacy: Pre-Raphaelism, Courbet and Bastien-Lepage; 2. Realism and the Avant-Garde in the Early Twentieth Century; 3. The First World War; 4. Realism eclipsed; 5. Pop Art and after; 6. Realism and the present.

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Realist art of the 20th century has no shared style or manifesto of intention distinct among other forms of art for its diversity. But, as readers of Realism discover, a common thread in realist art is a commitment to the modern world and to things as they are. James Malpas examines realism in Europe and the United States, starting with its roots in the aims of Gustave Courbet in 19th-century France.