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Looking to Sea


From the Gallery: Lily Le Brun looks at ten works of art created between 1912 and 2015, all of which were considered controversial or innovative, and through them explores questions of nationhood, war, class and philosophy to create a portrait of the UK though the twentieth century.

Lily Le Brun

An alternative history of modern Britain, Looking to Sea is an exquisite work of cultural, artistic and philosophical storytelling.

Looking to Sea considers ten pivotal artworks, from Vanessa Bell’s Studland Beach, one of the first modernist paintings in Britain, to Paul Nash’s work bearing the scars of his experience in the trenches and Martin Parr’s photographs of seaside resorts in the 1980s, which raised controversial questions of class. Each of the startlingly different pieces, created between 1912 and 2015, opens a window onto big ideas, from modernism and the sublime, the impact of the world wars and colonialism, to issues crucial to our world today like the environment and nationhood.

Publisher: ‎Sceptre (3 Nov. 2022)
Language: ‎English
Hardcover: ‎320 pages
ISBN-10: ‎1529309212
ISBN-13: ‎978-1529309218


SKU: 978-1529309218 Category:


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