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Andrew Graham Dixon's A History of British Art begins with the unpromising acknowledgment that the British are a tribe of writers not painters we have never been truly possessed of a native visual imagination Graham Dixon's book is an attempt to challenge these assumptions about British art and its history and he does so through a striking reassessment of the tradition of anti art which dominated Britain for than a century after the start of the Reformation In tracing the nation's love hate relationship with art and the recurrent iconophobia which has often literally done such damage to British a.
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Rt Graham Dixon offers a refreshing perspective on a surprisingly neglected topicBeginning with a consideration of what remains of a Catholic pre Reformation tradition in 15th century English architecture and church art Graham Dixon reassesses the bad press accorded the Tudors He offers illuminating accounts of the paradoxical embrace of Holbein and VanDyck by the English court Holbein in particular exemplifying English values of common sense precision empiricism determination a capacity for inward reflection and a strong consciousness of responsibility Gainsborough and Reynolds are reluctantly c.
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Lassified as self consciously derivative geniuses caught in the shadow of the past whilst George Stubbs is given the rather surprising accolade that a painting by him can hang next to a great Titian or Rembrandt However despite its occasionally grandilouent claims there are fine sections on the radical nature of Constable and Turner the turn away from their innovations by the Victorians and the complex often painful reception of modernism into the mainstream of 20th century British art from Wyndham Lewis to Damien Hirst Overall this is an elegant and readable overview of British art Jerry Brotton.