Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

By Christopher Butler

Modernism ushered in probably the most fascinating strategies in paintings and literature, from Fauvism, Cubism, and Dada, to the novels of James Joyce and Franz Kafka, to such provocative works as Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain." yet Modernism additionally left many of us questioned in its wake. How can a regimen toilet fixture be thought of a piece of artwork? should not a unique have a starting, a center, and an end--or at the very least a narrative? during this Very brief Introduction, Christopher Butler presents a coherent account of Modernism throughout a variety of aesthetic and cultural fields. Butler examines how and why Modernism started, explaining what it's and displaying how almost all points of twentieth and twenty first century lifestyles were stimulated via its aesthetic legacy. Butler considers numerous features of modernism, together with a few vintage modernist works, activities and notions of the avant garde, and the assumption of "progress" in artwork. ultimately, Butler sheds gentle on modernist rules of the self, subjectivity, irrationalism, humans and machines, and the political dimensions of modernism as a whole.

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Oup. co. uk/general/vsi/ This web page deliberately left clean Christopher Butler Modernism a truly brief creation 1 3 nice Clarendon road, Oxford OX2 6DP Oxford collage Press is a division of the college of Oxford. It furthers the University’s goal of excellence in examine, scholarship, and schooling by way of publishing all over the world in Oxford ny Auckland Cape city Dar es Salaam Hong Kong Karachi Kuala Lumpur Madrid Melbourne Mexico urban Nairobi New Delhi Shanghai Taipei Toronto With offices in Argentina Austria Brazil Chile Czech Republic France Greece Guatemala Hungary Italy Japan Poland Portugal Singapore South Korea Switzerland Thailand Turkey Ukraine Vietnam Oxford is a registered exchange mark of Oxford collage Press within the united kingdom and in convinced different nations released within the usa via Oxford college Press Inc. , ny # Christopher Butler 2010 the ethical rights of the writer were asserted Database correct Oxford college Press (maker) First released 2010 All rights reserved. No a part of this ebook could be reproduced, kept in a retrieval procedure, or transmitted, in any shape or whatsoever, with no the previous permission in writing of Oxford collage Press, or as expressly authorised by way of legislations, or less than phrases agreed with the perfect reprographics rights association. Enquiries relating copy outdoors the scope of the above can be despatched to the Rights division, Oxford collage Press, on the deal with above you want to now not movement this ebook in the other binding or conceal and also you needs to impose a similar on any acquirer British Library Cataloguing in booklet information facts on hand Library of Congress Cataloging in ebook info facts to be had Typeset by way of SPI writer prone, Pondicherry, India published in nice Britain through Ashford color Press Ltd, Gosport, Hampshire ISBN 978–0–19–280441–9 1 three five 7 nine 10 eight 6 four 2 Contents record of illustrations xi 1 2 three four The modernist paintings 1 Modernist activities and cultural culture 14 The modernist artist 50 Modernism and politics eighty References 103 extra interpreting 111 Index one hundred fifteen This web page deliberately left clean List of illustrations 1 Fernand Le´ger, los angeles Ville (1919) five 6 # ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London 2010/Digital picture. # The Museum of recent artwork, New York/Scala, Florence 2 Georges Braque, Le Sacre Coeur (1910) 6 # Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2010/Yale collage paintings Gallery 7 Henri Matisse, l. a. dialog (1909–12) 19 eight Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. # ARS, big apple, and DACS, London 2010/Scala, Florence four Wassily Kandinsky, Schwarzer Fleck (1921) 20 Kunsthaus, Zurich. # ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London 2010/Andre´ Held/akg-images Fernand Le´ger, Le Grand De´jeuner (1920–1) 34 # ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London 2010/Digital photo # The Museum of contemporary paintings, New York/Scala, Florence inner most assortment, Roubaix. # ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London 2010/Andre´ Held/akg-images three Francis Picabia, Prostitution Universelle (1916) 29 Pablo Picasso, Trois femmes a` l. a. fontaine (1921) 35 # Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2010/Digital photo.

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