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Title: Discovery of El Greco
Sub-title: The Nationalization of Culture Versus the Rise of Modern Art (1860–1914)
By (author): Eric Storm
ISBN10-13: 1845197445 : 9781845197445
Illustrations: illus
Format: Paperback
Size: 230x155mm
Pages: 256
Weight: .370 Kg.
Published: Sussex Academic Press (UK) - May   2016
List Price: 25.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 522
Subjects: History of art / art & design styles : Biography: arts & entertainment : Cultural studies
Originally published in Dutch and translated to Spanish for the fourth centenary celebration of the death of El Greco in 2014, this book is a comprehensive study of the rediscovery of El Greco -- seen as one of the most important events of its kind in art history. The Nationalization of Culture versus the Rise of Modern Art analyses how changes in artistic taste in the second half of the nineteenth century caused a profound revision of the place of El Greco in the artistic canon. As a result, El Greco was transformed from an extravagant outsider and a secondary painter into the founder of the Spanish School and one of the principle predecessors of modern art, increasingly related to that of the Impressionists -- due primarily to the German critic Julius Meier-Graefe's influential History of Modern Art (1914). This shift in artistic preference has been attributed to the rise of modern art but Eric Storm, a cultural historian, shows that in the case of El Greco nationalist motives were even more important. This study examines the work of painters, art critics, writers, scholars and philosophers from France, Germany and Spain, and the role of exhibitions, auctions, monuments and commemorations. Paintings and associated anecdotes are discussed, and historical debates such as El Greco's supposed astigmatism are addressed in a highly readable and engaging style. This book will be of interest to both specialists and the interested art public.
About The Author:
Eric Storm lectures European History at Leiden University. His research interests include Spanish history and the construction of national and regional identities in Europe. He is the author of The Culture of Regionalism: Art, Architecture and International Exhibitions in France, Germany and Spain, 1890–1939 (2010) and La perspectiva del progreso: Pensamiento político en la España del cambio de siglo (2001).
Reviews:
"The book creates a great argument for the improbability of El Greco as a choice for critics to elevate as a founding father of the Spanish School, and by knowing the multiple and strong reactions to El Greco’s oeuvre, it offers art lovers a chance to reencounter the art with fresh eyes". - Barragán, Maite (2017) "Review of Eric Storm, The Discovery of El Greco. The Naturalization of Culture Versus the Rise of Modern Art, 1860-1914," Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Vol. 42 : Iss. 2 , Article 18.

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