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- DescriptionThe Spanish Civil War (July 1936 to April 1939) was arguably one of the most politically and socially significant conflicts of the 20th century. Conscience and Conflict, accompanying a ground-breaking exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is the first book to consider the fascinating and wide-ranging responses of British artists to the war in Spain. It focuses on work by British visual artists such as Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Moore and John Armstrong, examining them alongside international figures such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Stephen Spender memorably described the Spanish Civil War as the 'poets' war', reflecting the significant number of poets and writers who went from Britain and Ireland to volunteer in various capacities in Spain. In contrast to the writers and poets, the deep engagement of British artists in the conflict has t received the same level of attention. This book seeks to reconsider the role of British artists in the Spanish Civil War and to reflect on how and why the conflict touched individuals' consciences and made them want to act in some way. It tells the story of those artists who went to Spain to volunteer; the activities of the left-wing Artists International Association and artistic involvement in the political protests of the late 1930s; the role of the British Surrealist Group and the little-kwn story of how Picasso's Guernica came to Britain in 1938 to inspire a generation of artists; and the response of artists and documentary photographers to the plight of the Basque refugee children who came to Britain in 1937. The book brings together material from a range of sources, and in a variety of media (including posters, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures), to demonstrate the extent to which artists engaged with a civil war in ather country.
- Author BiographySimon Martin is Artistic Director at Pallant House, Chichester and author of Edward Burra (2011) and several other catalogues on modern and contemporary British art. Professor Paul Preston is Principe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on the Spanish Civil War.
- Author(s)Professor Paul Preston,Simon Martin
- PublisherLund Humphries Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication28/11/2014
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintLund Humphries Publishers Ltd
- Content NoteIncludes 100 colour and 45 b&w illustrations
- Width210 mm
- Height260 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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