Making Modernism Exhibition Catalogue

The accompanying catalogue for Making Modernism, the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s. Beautifully illustrated, this publication also includes insightful new texts by leading experts.

Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin are among the exceptional artists associated with the emergence of Expressionism in Germany in the early decades of the 20th century. Each challenged prevailing ideals of feminine identity at a time of great societal change. As women, they were expected to marry and raise a family; some chose to, some did not. As ambitious artists, they wanted to work.

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Material Hardback
Dimensions 27 x 3 x 23cm
EAN/ISBN 9781912520909
SKU 12093177

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As they rose to these challenges, their art further undermined conventions. Their portraits of children symbolise joy, hope and innocence but also melancholy, tension, curiosity, the passing of time and unfulfilled desire. Their radical depictions of the nude wrest the female body away from the male gaze towards a newfound role, expressive of powerful maternity and female subjectivity. These dramatic modernist compositions, with their fluid brushwork and bright hues, push at the boundaries of form, colour and spiritual meaning.

Dorothy Price is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Critical Race Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
The painter Chantal Joffe RA is well known for her arresting portraits of women.
Shulamith Behr taught for many years at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Sarah Lea is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Rhiannon Hope is assistant curator at Royal Academy of Arts.

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