A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War

A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War


Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Richard Nevinson and Dora Carrington were five of the most exciting, influential and innovative British artists of the twentieth century. From diverse backgrounds, they met in the years before the Great War as students at the Slade School of Art, where they formed part of what their teacher Henry Tonks described as the school's last 'crisis of brilliance'.

Using letters, diaries, memoirs and biographies, Haycock recreates in intimate detail the formative years of these supremely gifted and committed painters. More than just a history of art, A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War is a story of individual artists and their times. It is an exploration of artistic ambition, struggle and success; and of lives linked by close friendships, fierce rivalries and love.

To the Bloomsbury Group critic Roger Fry they were 'les jeunes': the Young British Artists of their day. As their talents evolved in different directions, they became Futurists, Vorticists and 'Bloomsberries', and befriended the leading writers and intellectuals of the time, from Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke to D. H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield. They and their Bohemian colleagues led the way in fashion with their avant garde clothes and haircuts; they slept with their models and with prostitutes; their tempestuous love affairs descended into obsession, murder and suicide. And as Europe plunged into the madness of the 'War to end Wars', they responded to its horror with all the passion and genius they could muster.

Product Code 1033873
ISBN 9781906964320
author David Boyd Haycock
format Paperback
GTIN 9781906964320
pages 400
published Nov 2009
publisher Old Street Publishing
Dimensions 15.2 X 23.2 X 4.2 cm
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