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By J. B. Bullen

Continental Crosscurrents is a chain of case experiences reflecting British attitudes to continental paintings through the 19th and the early 20th centuries. It stresses the best way the British went to the continent of their look for origins or their pursuit of assets of purity and originality. This cult of the primitive took many types; it concerned a reassessment of medieval German and Italian paintings and provided new methods of studying Venetian portray; it spread out new readings of architectural background and the "discovery" of the Romanesque; it generated a debate concerning the worth of returning to non secular matters in paintings and it raised the query of the connection among sleek artwork and Byzantine paintings within the early 20th century.

J. B. Bullen's unique research offers a few interesting findings. Few critics have spotted how a lot earlier than his time was once Coleridge's ardour for medieval artwork; Ruskin's debt within the Stones of Venice to Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris has hardly ever been famous; and Browning's involvement with the talk at the morality of Christian artwork is explored extra generally than formerly. 3 chapters are dedicated to the position of British feedback in choosing the Romanesque kind in structure and differentiating it from the Gothic. They hint the concept that because it arose in feedback before everything of the 19th century; its employment within the impressive constructions of Edmund Sharpe and Sara Losh and how during which it reached a climax in Waterhouse's enigmatic collection of Romanesque for the traditional heritage Museum in London. the gathering concludes with continental episodes from the background of modernism. One is the explosive British response to the primitivism of Gauguin; the opposite comprises the opting for of 1 of the characters in D. H. Lawrence's novel Women in Love. Curious facts means that the malevolent determine of Loerke was once in response to a German sculptor whom Lawrence met in Italy sooner than the 1st international War.

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