The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain by Oscar E. Vázquez

The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain

byOscar E. Vázquez

Hardcover | April 10, 2017

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As fin de siglo Spain struggled with perceived decadence and decline, the visual arts reflected the debate and influenced the outcome. This volume argues that the way artists understood and depicted the concepts of degeneration and regeneration is essential to understanding the broader societal conversation and is inseparable from definitions of Spanish modernism.

Oscar E. Vázquez examines how painting, sculpture, drawing, and popular illustrated materials approached “endings” and “beginnings” during the Bourbon monarchy’s restoration. Throughout this period, people inside and outside the art world came to associate degeneration with certain types of artistic productions, spaces, and human bodies, imbuing them with backwardness, violence, criminality, and disease. Pictorial representations contributed to this understanding that specific things, actions, attitudes, and ways of being were degenerative and backward or, alternatively, regenerative and modern. Vázquez explores the significance of these disparate perceptions and how their visual representations reflected Spanish national identity and modernism.

An in-depth study of the ideas of degeneration and regeneration in modernist Spain, The End Again is an insightful look at how art can affect the social and cultural debates at the heart of a nation.

About The Author

Oscar E. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of Inventing the Art Collection: Patrons, Markets, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Spain, also published by Penn State. Oscar E. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urban...

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Title:The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern SpainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 9 × 1 inPublished:April 10, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271071214

ISBN - 13:9780271071213

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Table of Contents

Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 Fragmentation: Fortuny’s Frame and the Melancholy of the New

Chapter 2 Suture: Academies, Regionalism and Artistic Decline

Chapter 3 Exhaustion: Degeneration in Fin de Siglo Spanish Arts

Chapter 4 Parody: Exhibitions Spaces and Modernism

Chapter 5 Containment: Reconquests, Colonialism and the Specter of Collapse

Chapter 6 (Dis)Inheritance: Rachitic Bodies and Medical Discourses

Chapter 7 Decay: Or, the Aristocracy’s Degeneration

Chapter 8 Displacements: Regoyos, Verhaeren and La España Negra

Epilogue The End Again

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“The End Again presents a rich body of new material on Spanish art and visual culture. By placing this work in conversation with the fields of medicine, psychiatry, anthropology, sociology, and criminology, Oscar Vázquez broadens our understanding of how the concept of degeneration functioned in Spain and, by extension, Europe more broadly at the turn of the twentieth century. I love this book!”—M. Elizabeth Boone, author of Vistas de España: American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860–1914