The Bloomsbury look

Hitchmough, Wendy (2019) The Bloomsbury look. Yale University Press, London. ISBN 9780300244113 (Accepted)

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Abstract

An in-depth study of how the famed Bloomsbury Group expressed their liberal philosophies and collective identity in visual form

The Bloomsbury Group was a loose collective of forward-thinking writers, artists, and intellectuals in London, with Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and E. M. Forster among its esteemed members. The group’s works and radical beliefs, spanning literature, economics, politics, and non-normative relationships, changed the course of 20th-century culture and society. Although its members resisted definition, their art and dress imparted a coherent, distinctive group identity.

Drawing on unpublished photographs and extensive new research, The Bloomsbury Look is the first in-depth analysis of how the Bloomsbury Group generated and broadcast its self-fashioned aesthetic. One chapter is dedicated to photography, which was essential to the group’s visual narrative—from casual snapshots, to amateur studio portraits, to family albums. Others examine the Omega Workshops as a design center, and the evidence for its dress collections, spreading the Bloomsbury aesthetic to the general public. Finally, the book considers the group’s extensive participation in 20th-century modernism as artists, models, curators, critics, and collectors.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Bloomsbury
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N4390 Exhibitions
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5198 Private collections and collectors
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art > N6447 19th and 20th centuries
N Fine Arts > ND Painting > ND0049 History
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK0600 History
Depositing User: Wendy Hitchmough
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 09:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 15:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89409
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