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

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Old Street, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash, Christopher Nevinson, and Stanley Spencer were five of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. From diverse backgrounds, they met at The Slade in London between 1908 and 1910, in what was later described as the school's “last crisis of brilliance.” Between 1910 and 1918 they loved, talked, and fought; they admired, conspired, and sometimes disparaged each others' artistic creations. They created new movements; they frequented the most stylish cafés and restaurants and founded a nightclub; they slept with their models and with prostitutes; and their love affairs descended into obsession, murder, and suicide.

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Readable group biography which brings home the fertility of the pre First World War period and the influence of the war on the young artists searching for their voice at the beginning of the 20th ... Read full review


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David Boyd Haycock is Curator of Seventeenth-Century Imperial and Maritime Studies at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Previously a Wellcome Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at the London School of Economics, he is an established and prolific historian of culture and medicine. His book MORTAL COIL was published by Yale University Press in 2008.

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