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Nothing but the clouds unchanged : artists in World War I / edited by Gordon Hughes and Philipp Blom.

Contributor(s): Hughes, Gordon, 1965- [editor.] | Blom, Philipp, 1970- [editor.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Los Angeles, California : The Getty Research Institute, [2014]Description: 198 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781606064313; 1606064312.Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Art and the war | World War, 1914-1918 -- Influence | War artists | War in artDDC classification: 709.04/1 Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
Forces unbound: art, bodies, and machines after 1914 / Philipp Blom -- "In dead men breath": the afterlife of World War I / Gordon Hughes -- André Masson: into the "humus humaine" / Charles Palermo -- Fernand Léger: objects, abstraction, and the aesthetics of mud / Daniel Marcus -- Georges Braque: artilleryman / Karen K. Butler -- Wyndham Lewis: "art-war-art" / Leo Costello -- "In the midst of this strange country": Paul Nash's war landscapes / Anja Foerschner -- Carlo Carrà's conscience / David Mather -- Otto Dix: war and representation / Matthew Biro -- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: an inner war / Thomas W. Gaehtgens -- Killing "Max Ernst" / Todd Cronan -- George Grosz and World War I / Timothy O. Benson -- Käthe Kollwitz, the First World War, and sacrifice / Joan Weinstein -- László Moholy-Nagy: reconfiguring the eye / Joyce Tsai -- Oskar Kokoschka: the Great War and love lost / Beatrice von Bormann -- Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic ballet and the trauma of war / Paul Monty Paret -- Appendix: Selected cultural figures who served in World War I / Hannah Fullgraf with Betsy Stepina Zinn.
Summary: Much of how World War I is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and considerable destruction that marked the conflict. Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of twentieth-century artistic modernism. Following the lives and works of fourteen artists before, during, and after the war, this book demonstrates how the conflict and the resulting trauma actively shaped artistic production. Featured artists include Georges Braque, Carlo Carrà, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, André Masson, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Nash, and Oskar Schlemmer. Materials from the Getty Research Institute's special collections - including letters, popular journals, posters, sketches, propaganda, books, and photographs - situate the works of the artists within the historical context, both personal and cultural, in which they were created.--Publisher.
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This book accompanies an exhibition "World War I: War of Images, Images of War."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Forces unbound: art, bodies, and machines after 1914 / Philipp Blom -- "In dead men breath": the afterlife of World War I / Gordon Hughes -- André Masson: into the "humus humaine" / Charles Palermo -- Fernand Léger: objects, abstraction, and the aesthetics of mud / Daniel Marcus -- Georges Braque: artilleryman / Karen K. Butler -- Wyndham Lewis: "art-war-art" / Leo Costello -- "In the midst of this strange country": Paul Nash's war landscapes / Anja Foerschner -- Carlo Carrà's conscience / David Mather -- Otto Dix: war and representation / Matthew Biro -- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: an inner war / Thomas W. Gaehtgens -- Killing "Max Ernst" / Todd Cronan -- George Grosz and World War I / Timothy O. Benson -- Käthe Kollwitz, the First World War, and sacrifice / Joan Weinstein -- László Moholy-Nagy: reconfiguring the eye / Joyce Tsai -- Oskar Kokoschka: the Great War and love lost / Beatrice von Bormann -- Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic ballet and the trauma of war / Paul Monty Paret -- Appendix: Selected cultural figures who served in World War I / Hannah Fullgraf with Betsy Stepina Zinn.

Much of how World War I is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and considerable destruction that marked the conflict. Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of twentieth-century artistic modernism. Following the lives and works of fourteen artists before, during, and after the war, this book demonstrates how the conflict and the resulting trauma actively shaped artistic production. Featured artists include Georges Braque, Carlo Carrà, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, André Masson, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Nash, and Oskar Schlemmer. Materials from the Getty Research Institute's special collections - including letters, popular journals, posters, sketches, propaganda, books, and photographs - situate the works of the artists within the historical context, both personal and cultural, in which they were created.--Publisher.

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CHOICE Review

The centennial of WW I has been marked by an avalanche of new studies examining the origins and progress of a conflict that had a pivotal influence on the 20th century and beyond. The war's impact on visual art is the subject of this welcome book, published in conjunction with a current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). Much is advanced about the modernity of the conflict, but the most memorable art posits a more emotive or individual response to war's horrors (e.g., the work of Otto Dix, Ernst Kirchner, and Paul Nash) and its aftermath (e.g., Käthe Kollwitz and Georges Braque). An imaginative, albeit limited, selection of images, many less known, from paintings and prints is reproduced here, most in good color. Several striking illustrations from the era's periodicals are presented without comment, and some major war artists (e.g., C. R. W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer) are not featured. Short essays (most with a German/Austro-Hungarian emphasis) by a variety of experts are predictably varied. An index, endnotes, and a useful list of "Selected Cultural Figures Who Served in World War I." Despite its restricted scope, Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged should spark interest in WW I's impact on art. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --William S. Rodner, Tidewater Community College

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Gordon Hughes is the Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Rice University. Philipp Blom is an independent scholar who specializes in intellectual and cultural history.

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