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Paperback 120 Pages / Published: 30/04/2016
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Published to accompany an exhibition at Salisbury Museum and Art Gallery, this volume explores the most significant works of art engaged with prehistoric moments across Britain from the 18th century to the 21st. While some of the works in the earlier period may be familiar to readers - especially Turner and Constable's famous watercolours of Stonehenge - the varied responses to British Antiquity since 1900 are much less well known and have never been grouped together. The author aims to show the significance of antiquity for 20th-century artists, demonstrating how they responded to the observable features of prehistoric Britain and exploited their potential for imaginative re-interpretation. The classic phase of modernist interest in these sites and monuments was the 1930s, but a number of artists working after WWII developed this legacy or were stimulated to explore that landscape in new ways. Indeed, it continues to stimulate responses and the book concludes with an examination of works made within the last few years. An introductory essay looks at the changing artistic approach to British prehistoric remains over the last 250 years, emphasizing the artistic significance of this body of work and examining the very different contexts that brought it into being. The cultural intersections between the prehistoric landscape, its representation by fine artists and the emergence of its most famous sites as familiar locations in public consciousness will also be examined. For example, engraved topographical illustrations from the 18th and 19th centuries and Shell advertising posters from the 20th century will be considered. Artists represented include: JMW Turner, John Constable, Thomas Hearne, William Blake, Samuel Prout, William Geller, Richard Tongue, Thomas Guest, John William Inchbold, George Shepherd, William Andrews Nesfield, Copley Fielding, Yoshijiro (Mokuchu) Urushibara, Alan Sorrell, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Frank Dobson, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ithell Colquhoun, Gertrude Hermes, Norman Stevens, Norman Ackroyd, Bill Brandt, Derek Jarman, Richard Long, Joe Tilson, David Inshaw and Jeremy Deller.

Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
ISBN: 9781911300144
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 280 x 218 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A fascinating reflection on our connection with these landscapes and how the past continues to occupy the present." * Art Quarterly *
Some of the greatest names in British art from the past 250 years ... [a] vantage point from which to look again at Britain's ancient monuments: to notice, to ponder, to be mystified and to be inspired by them. * Minerva Magazine *
Much to stimulate and delight" * Country Life *
Engaging ... this beautifully illustrated book allows us to catch artists in the act of negotiating ancient monuments." * The Spectator *
Stunning" * Outdoor Photography Magazine *

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