London, Modernism, and 1914

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Michael J. K. Walsh
Cambridge University Press, May 6, 2010 - 294 pages
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The outbreak of the First World War coincided with the beginnings of high modernism in literature and the visual arts to make 1914 a pivotal moment in cultural as in national history. Yeats, Wyndham Lewis, Gaudier-Breszka, Sickert, Epstein and many other avant-garde artists were at work in London during 1914, responding to urgent political as well as aesthetic problems. London was the setting for key exhibitions of high modernist paintings and sculptures, and home to a number of important movements: the Bloomsbury Group, the Whitechapel Boys and the Vorticists among them. The essays in this 2010 book collectively portray a dynamic, remarkable year in the city's art world, whose creative tensions and conflicts were rocked by the declaration of war. A bold, innovative account of the time and place that formed the genesis of modernism, this book suggests new routes through the fields of modernist art and literature.
 

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Contents

avantgarde and avantguerre
1
Walter Sickert and modernism in London in 1914
20
a cosmopolitan modernist and the great menace of nationalism
41
man and machine
78
Wyndham Lewiss Blasts at war
101
early British modernism the Great War and the Whitechapel Boys
122
Chapter 6 Inventing literary modernism at the outbreak of the Great War
148
nationalism and art in the friendship between Henri GaudierBrzeska and Edward Wadsworth 19141915
165
autobiography and the men of 1914
196
art exhibitions in London in 1914 through the eyes of the critics
214
the Slade Tonks and war in Pat Barkers Life Class
240
Appendix
272
Bibliography
276
Index
292
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Michael J. K. Walsh is Associate Professor of Art History at the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus.

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