A Pavane for Another Time
Following art historian Bernard Smith's award-winning autobiographical account of his earlier life ("The Boy Adeodatus: the portrait of a lucky young bastard", first published in 1984) he now reflects on life in the 1940s. Themes recalling the period before the family departed for England in September 1948 include; courtship and marriage; forebodings of war and attitudes to Communism and Fascism; political involvement in cultural activities with artists and emigre European-trained art historians anxious to promote modern art and knowledge of art history (not taught in universities at that time) and early employment at the Art Gallery of New South Wales pioneering the arrangement of travelling exhibitions for regional centres. Smith's formative training as an art historian and critic is the important and recurring theme of this book. It encompasses his encounters at London's Courtauld and Warburg Institutes with art historians Anthony Blunt, Ernst Gombrich, Rudolf Wittkower and many others; his introduction to art historical methodologies and insights (such as Gombrich's insistence on the linkage between image and concept); and his obligatory 'grand tours' of a range of European cities and their museums, art works and architectural monuments.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The mistress of Ashtree 139
The cultural activist 40 89
Promoting a popular approach to art and literature 90 121
My first book and what followed 122 158
And so to London 159 191
Living and partly living with Cuthbert 232 292
Summer travels 293 342
Abbey Abbey Art Centre Adeney afternoon Ambleside architecture arrived Art Gallery art history Art Society artists Ashtree Australian art Baroque beautiful became began Betsy British British Council catalogue Centre church Communist course courtesy Cuthbert Czech Daryl Lindsay Dear Tab Ditchling early Elizabeth England English Eric Gill essay Evatt exhibition Federation feel felt gave George Farwell Gerard Gladys Haefliger Hilda Hotel James Gleeson John Kate knew Lascaux later lectures Leonard French letter Lionel Lindsay lived London look Melbourne modern morning mother Museum never night Noel Noel Counihan paintings Paris Party Pepler Photograph published realised returned Road Ruth Sali Herman sculpture seemed shortly South Wales stay Street Syd Smith talk Teachers things told took train University Venice walked wanted Warburg week wonderful write wrote young