Italian Modern Art in the Age of Fascism

1st Edition

Anthony White

July 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages - 8 Color & 51 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367196271 - CAT# K417951
Series: Routledge Research in Art and Politics


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This book examines the work of several avant-garde artists, including Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Scipione and Mario Radice, working in Italy during Benito Mussolini’s rise and fall. It provides a new history of the relationship between modern art and fascism. The study begins from the premise that artists belonging to avant-garde art movements, such as futurism, surrealism, expressionism and abstraction, could produce works that were perfectly amenable to the ideologies of Mussolini’s regime. A particular focus of the book is the precise relationship between ideas of history and modernity encountered in the art and politics of the time and how compatible these truly were.

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