Unquiet Landscape: Places and Ideas in 20th-Century British Painting (Paperback)
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Unquiet Landscape: Places and Ideas in 20th-Century British Painting (Paperback)

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Christopher Neve's classic book is a journey into the imagination through the English landscape. How is it that artists, by thinking in paint, have come to regard the landscape as representing states of mind?

'Painting', says Neve, 'is a process of finding out, and landscape can be its thesis.' What he is writing is not precisely art history: it is about pictures, about landscape and about thought. Over the years, he was able to have discussions with many of the thirty or so artists he focuses on, the inspiration for the book having come from his talks with Ben Nicholson; and he has immersed himself in their work, their countryside, their ideas. Because he is a painter himself, and an expert on 20th-century art, Neve is well equipped for such a journey. Few writers have conveyed more vividly the mixture of motives, emotions, unconscious forces and contradictions which culminate in the creative act of painting.

Each of the thirteen chapters has a theme and explores its significance for one or more of the artists. The problem of time, for instance, is considered in relation to Paul Nash, God in relation to David Jones, music to Ivon Hitchens, hysteria to Edward Burra, abstraction to Ben Nicholson, 'the spirit in the mass' to David Bomberg. There are also chapters about painters' ideas on specific types of country: about Eric Ravilious and the chalk landscape, Joan Eardley and the sea, and Cedric Morris and the garden.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500295472
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Original and engaging ... [a] modern classic' - Country Life (Book of the Week)
'Fierce, witty, wise, elegiac, supremely indifferent to fashion and confident in the long view, this is among the best books written about landscape' - Financial Times
'A fascinating, considered and evocative work' - The Critic

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“A picture is between a thought and a thing”

Strange to think this astonishing book has been out of print for a few years as it has all the hallmarks of a true classic. Poetic, erudite and thoughtful, Neve has written here a meditation on how different painters... More

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“Compact, beautifully published and illuminating.”

‘One of the problems about painting is its ambiguity. It does not provide a clue in the paint which says, either, I mean what I say, I mean the opposite to what I say, or I mean anything you take me to be saying... More

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“A unique take on modern landscape painters”

I am really glad Waterstones drew my attention to this classic which has recently been republished. The author gives a personalised and well informed account of major modern British landscape artists in a series of... More

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