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Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936
Edited by Kenneth E. Silver with contributions by Emily Braun, James Herbert, Helen Hsu, and Jeanne Nugent
Published in 2010
192 pages with 140 color illustrations
Hardcover and softcover, 10 3/4 x 8 inches
This catalogue accompanies Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936, the first exhibition in the United States to explore the classicizing aesthetic that followed the immense destruction of World War I. It examines the interwar period in its key artistic manifestations: the poetic dream of antiquity in the Parisian avant-garde of Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso; the politicized revival of the Roman Empire under Benito Mussolini by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and Mario Sironi; and the functionalist utopianism at the Bauhaus as well as, chillingly, the pseudobiological classicism, or Aryanism, of nascent Nazi society. This presentation of the vast transformation in French, Italian, and German contemporary culture encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, fashion, and the decorative arts. Fully illustrated with seven thematic plate sections and essays by Emily Braun, James Herbert, Helen Hsu, Jeanne Nugent, and Kenneth E. Silver.