Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape (Paperback)
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Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 22/07/2021
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Owens investigates how the nation’s best-loved artists and writers have used the British landscape in their work and impacted the way we view countryside.

When we look at the landscape, what do we see? Do we experience the view over a valley or dappled sunlight on a path in the same way as those who were there before us? We have altered the countryside in innumerable ways over the last thousand years, and never more so than in the last hundred. How are these changes reflected in - and affected by - art and literature?

Spirit of Place offers a panoramic view of the British landscape as seen through the eyes of writers and artists from Bede and the Gawain-poet to Gainsborough, Austen, W. G. Sebald and Barbara Hepworth. Shaped by these distinctive voices and evocative imagery, Susan Owens describes how the British landscape has been framed, reimagined and reshaped by each generation. Each account or work of art, whether illuminated in a manuscript, jotted down in a journal or constructed from sticks and stones, holds up a mirror to its maker and their world.

With 80 illustrations.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500296356
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Engaging ... much of the pleasure of this book - and it is immensely pleasurable - comes from the author's own enjoyment and her sympathy with her subjects' - Jenny Uglow

'Original and wide-ranging' - Best Art Books of 2020, The Sunday Times

'A wonderfully deft and varied study, full of voices, noticings, and contrasting ways of looking. Owens has a gift for making the past feel so close that we might be riding over a hill with Gerald of Wales or John Leland' - Alexandra Harris

'An evocative and crowded chronicle ... a book of idylls and nightmares' - The Guardian

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“A Little Piece of Joy on Every Page.”

Spirit of Place weaves a path of exploration throughout the history of the depiction of landscape in British history. This book is not so much a history of the depiction of landscape and more a look at how feeling... More

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“Genius Loci”

This is a fascinating book. The popular view is that English landscape painting was a product of the eighteenth century. Owens takes our representations of the landscape back to the Anglo-Saxon through literature and... More

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