Resisting Abstraction: Robert Delaunay And Vision In The Face Of Modernism by Gordon Hughes

Resisting Abstraction: Robert Delaunay And Vision In The Face Of Modernism

byGordon Hughes

Hardcover | November 25, 2014

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Robert Delaunay was one of the leading artists working in Paris in the early decades of the twentieth century, and his paintings have been admired ever since as among the earliest purely abstract works.

With Resisting Abstraction, the first English-language study of Delaunay in more than thirty years, Gordon Hughes mounts a powerful argument that Delaunay was not only one of the earliest artists to tackle abstraction, but the only artist to present his abstraction as a response to new scientific theories of vision. The colorful, optically driven canvases that Delaunay produced, Hughes shows, set him apart from the more ethereal abstraction of contemporaries like Kandinsky, Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, and František Kupka. In fact, Delaunay emphatically rejected the spiritual motivations and idealism of that group, rooting his work instead in contemporary science and optics. Thus he set the stage not only for the modern artists who would follow, but for the critics who celebrated them as well.

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Gordon Hughes is the Mellon Assistant Professor of Art History at Rice University, the editor of Nothing But the Clouds Unchanged: Artists in World War One, and coeditor of October Files: Richard Serra.
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Title:Resisting Abstraction: Robert Delaunay And Vision In The Face Of ModernismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.8 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022615906X

ISBN - 13:9780226159065

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. BREAK (WINDOWS)
2. PUNCH (PAINTING)
3. MOVEMENT (INTO ABSTRACTION)

Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

“For over a century, Robert Delaunay’s modernist masterpiece, First Disk (1913), has defied understanding by all comers. Now in a brilliantly economical tour de force of historical and critical recreation, Gordon Hughes has solved the mystery. Resisting Abstraction is a wonderful book, one that will instantly take its place on a short shelf of indispensable studies of the great years of early twentieth-century art.”