Raymond Jonson and the Spiritual in Modernist and Abstract Painting

1st Edition

Herbert R. Hartel, Jr.

Routledge
Published March 5, 2018
Reference - 222 Pages - 40 Color & 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138712546 - CAT# Y324697
Series: Routledge Research in Art History

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Summary

This is the most thorough and detailed monograph on the artwork of Raymond Jonson. He is one of many artists of the first half of the twentieth-century who demonstrate the richness and diversity of an under-appreciated period in the history of American art. Visualizing the spiritual was one of the fundamental goals of early abstract painting in the years before and during World War I. Artists turned to alternative spirituality, the occult, and mysticism, believing that the pure use of line, shape, color, light and texture could convey spiritual insight. Jonson was steadfastly dedicated to this goal for most of his career and he always believed that modernist and abstract styles were the most effective and compelling means of achieving it.

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