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Degas to Picasso, Creating Modernism in France, Colin Harrison

Degas to Picasso, Creating Modernism in France, Colin Harrison


Publisher:Ashmolean Museum

ISBN 978191087125

Pages: 200

Illustrations: colour:160


The rise of Modernism, from the early 19th century to the middle of the 20th, was played out with particular intensity in France. International artists were drawn to salons and dealers. The exchanges between poets and painters and the Bohemian atmosphere of  Montmartre and Montparnasse made Paris the center of the art world. ..

The premise of this engaging publication, the catalogue from an important exhibition at the University of Oxford's renown Ashmolean Museum, is that there was no straight line from the traditional to the shock of abstraction. It follows the path from Neo-Classical and Romantic artists like David, Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix, through to the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists Degas, Monet, Cassatt and Seurat, to the ground-breaking experiments of Picasso and Braque.

Academic artists and members of the avant-garde hotly debated their new ideas and rivalries developed between the different schools and powerful characters. This book explores how the artists who created Modernism accomplished this.

At the heart of the story is a choice group of pieces by Picasso, Braque and others who first experimented with Cubism. Examples include an early study by Picasso for Les Demoiselles d Avignon of 1906 7, and oil paintings and works on paper produced by artists who exhibited at the first public showing of Cubism, the Salon desIndependants of 1911, and other landmark exhibitions, including Léger and important, but now lesser-known figures, like Juan Gris, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger and Jacques Villon.

The author is the senior curator for European Art in the Ashmolean Museum.

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