The Inspirational Genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939 by Matthew C. PotterThe Inspirational Genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939 by Matthew C. Potter

The Inspirational Genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939

byMatthew C. Potter

Hardcover | May 30, 2012

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The inspirational genius of Germany explores the neglected issue of the cultural influence of Germany upon British art between 1850 and 1939. While the impact of German Romanticism on Britain has been extensively mapped, the response to the more ideologically problematic German culture of thesucceeding period has been neither fully explained nor explored by art historical scholarship largely due to the sensitivity of its connections with the trauma of the First and Second World Wars, and the subsequent cultural diplomacy of the Cold War. After the 1848 revolutions, Germany experienced aperiod of political and economic growth which not only brought Unification in 1871 but also saw it challenge the industrial and imperial supremacy of Britain at the dawn of the twentieth century. The rising position of Germany naturally encouraged Britons to investigate the cultural achievements oftheir "Saxon" brethren in order to better understand and compete with them.Matthew C. Potter uses images, art criticism, and the public writings and private notes of artists to reconstruct the intellectual history of Germanism during this period of heightened nationalism. Potter examines key case studies that trace the changing shape of Britain's artistic engagement withGermany including: experts who worked on the margins of the Pre-Raphaelite circle; mainstream Victorian artists (such as Frederic Leighton, G.F. Watts, Walter Crane and Hubert Herkomer) as well as avant-gardists like the Vorticists who were influenced by German art and aesthetics; the Britishreception of artists working in the German School like Arnold Bocklin and Wassily Kandinsky during the dawn of modern art; and the last gasp of enthusiasm for German art that took place in defiance of the rise of Nazism in the 1930s.
Matthew C. Potter is a Senior Lecturer in Art and Design History at the University of Northumbria.
Title:The Inspirational Genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719087120

ISBN - 13:9780719087127


Table of Contents

A new kind of Germanism: British artistic interest in Germany after Romanticism * Pre-Raphaelite Germanism: Ford Madox Brown and his circle * The twilight of the Nazarenes: Joseph Beavington Atkinson and British art-critical responses to Germany, 1850–86 * Lord Leighton: made in Germany? * Blutgefühl and Bildung: Hubert Herkomer, Knight of Bavaria and the British empire * Germanist Symbolism in Britain: G.F. Watts, Walter Crane and the reception of Arnold Böcklin * Germanism repackaged: Kandinsky, Vorticism and the woodcut, 1909–18 * Art and Germanism in the shadow of the First World War, 1918–39

Editorial Reviews

"Potter has succeeded admirably in his stated aim: 'to bring to light the true importance of an international tradition that has been neglected in British art history for reasons of historiography and politics'. This is a vibrant and engrossing work."