Art and Its Discontents: The Early Life of Adrian Stokes

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Penn State Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages

Although interest in the painter, poet, and art writer Adrian Stokes (1902&–1972) has been growing in recent years, Art and Its Discontents is the first biographical study of this pivotal figure in British modernism. Focused on Stokes's formative years, the book offers important new insights into his intellectual development, his growing commitment to the arts, and his eventual turn to the art criticism that would win him international renown.

Even as Richard Read follows Stokes from his London childhood to his travels in Italy and his psychoanalysis with Melanie Klein, he weaves Stokes's experiences and writings into the great social and cultural issues of his era. Stokes's friendship with Ezra Pound is given its due, but Read balances his exploration of Stokes's modernist ideas with detailed discussion of his profound debt to the teachings of John Ruskin and Walter Pater. Seen in this broad perspective, Stokes emerges as a thinker who bridged Victorian and modernist cultures and renewed the British tradition of aesthetic criticism.


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Early Years
Four Essays on the Tempio Malatestiano
Ariadne and Pisanello 192530
Sunrise and Pisanello 192630
Matteo 192228 m
Canto XVII and Agostino 1929
Alberti Giorgione and The Quattro Cento
The Case of Mr B 1932
Stones of Rimini and the Hampstead

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About the author (2003)

Richard Read is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at The University of Western Australia and has published in major journals on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, Australian art, and contemporary film.

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