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Modern Antiquity

Picasso, De Chirico, Leger, Picabia
by Christopher Green and Jens M. Daehner
J Paul Getty Museum

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Pub Date: 2011
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 164 pp.
Size: 9.00 x 11.00 inches

ISBN: 9780892369775
TB Code: 1611152
Availability: 487 in stock

This is a superbly illustrated and insightful exploration of the aesthetic impact of ancient art on 20th century art. An unlikely episode in the history of European Modernism is the alliance between the avant-garde and the antique forged by artists of impeccable radical credentials. This book focuses on the reinventions and transformations of antiquity in the work of four culturally and politically diverse artists between 1905 and 1935. In distinctly different ways, classicizing creations such as de Chirico's enigmatic piazzas, Picasso's post-Cubist women, Leger's mechanized nudes, and Picabia's transparencies reflect what the eyes and minds of these artists found so arresting in the arts of antiquity and how they made those arts modern. "Modern Antiquity" draws unprecedented attention not only to the aesthetic impact ancient art had on twentieth-century artists but also to the ways in which these artists shaped our contemporary experience of antiquity.