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Hardback208 PagesSize: 250 × 190 mm
40 colour illustrations and 70 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223134Publication: October 11, 2019

Studio Lives

Artists at Home and at Work in Twentieth Century Britain

Louise Campbell


£40.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of October 11, 2019

  • Traces the evolution of the studio from the Victorian style of GF Watts through the
    arts and crafts environments of Henry Payne, Roger Fry and Augustus John to the
    modernist collaborations for the likes of William Orpen, the Nicholsons and
    Barbara Hepworth
  • Illustrated with a superb range of archival drawings and photographs, along with contemporary photographs in colour
  •  In revealing the artists to be active collaborators, it contradicts the perception
    that modernist architects imposed their designs on their clients and shows how
    artists influenced the modernist style

By examining the studios and studio-houses used by British artists between 1900 and 1940, this book reveals the ways in which artists used architecture – occupying and adapting Victorian studios and commissioning new ones – and, in doing so, shows them coming to terms with the past, and in the process, inventing different modes of being modern.

In its scrutiny of the physical surroundings of artistic life during this period, it sheds insight into how the studio environment articulated personal values, artistic affinities and professional aspirations. Not only does it consider the studio in terms of architectural design, but also in the light of the artist’s work and life in the studio, and the market for contemporary art. By showing how artists navigated the volatile market for contemporary art during a troubled time, the book provides a new perspective on British art.

It also underlines the role played by artists in the emergence of modernist architecture. At a time when architects (whose status was enhanced by new, full-time academic training) supposedly imposed their ideas on compliant clients, the books shows that artists acted not as traditional patrons but as clients who collaborated closely with architects to shape the spaces and places they needed to take their place in the modern art world.

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