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Grosz drew innumerable prostitutes; and he attacked them with a degree of moral
vindictiveness that had scarcely been ... of European imagery, after World War II,
was not a change in moral attitudes but the commercial availability of penicillin.
He wanted his paintings to be moral fables, and portentous ones at that; he
conceived of himself as a moral teacher, not just an engineer of visual sensation.
This desire to preach to a wide audience on religious or ethical issues was just
And even today, any theory of art history that addresses itself exclusively to
formal properties at the expense of symbolic and moral meanings has difficulty
not only with Beckmann but with Expressionism in general - unless, as we shall ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review