Ways Around Modernism

1st Edition

Stephen Bann

Routledge
Published December 21, 2006
Reference - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780415974226 - CAT# RT4224X
Series: Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts

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Summary

Stephen Bann examines the arguments for the centrality of French modernist painting. He begins by focusing particularly on the notion of the modernist break, as it has been interpreted with regard to painters like Manet and Ingres. He argues that ‘curiosity’, with its origins in the seventeenth-century world-view can be a valid concept for understanding some aspects of contemporary art that contest the modern, suggesting ways of sidetracking the modern by adopting a lengthier historical view.

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