Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:42 PM
Martin Gaylord, Modernists and Mavericks, a heavy because well illustrated volume which I expected to tell me (again) the stories of Bacon, Freud, and the Soho/Fitzrovia art scene of the 1940s and ‘50s.
Freud and Bacon are the center, but it turns out to be a much wider ranging examination of all kinds of competing “schools,” and once well known artists (Pasmore, Hilton, Bomberg), putting their disagreements and divergences nicely in historical and aesthetic context.
There are some statements which grate as blindingly obvious, but overall a definite recommendation. Intriguing on the international connections too, as British artists responded to French influences (Picasso, Leger) and Italian futurism, but were isolated from their AbEx contemporaries in the States.