Edwardian Opulence by Angus Trumble
British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (Yale Center for British Art)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

The Edwardian age was as brief as the Victorian era that preceded it was long. It has been depicted as an indolent summer afternoon of imperial and elite complacency, but also as a period of rapid political, economic, and artistic change, culminating in the First World War. This magnificent book explores themes of power, nostalgia, and a contrasting lightness of touch that characterized the period. Issues of creation, consumption, and display are examined through a range of objects, including portraits by Sargent and Boldini, diamond tiaras and ostrich-feather fans, jewel-like Autochrome color photography, and a spectacular embroidered gown that belonged to the American-born Vicereine of India. Spanning divides of class and geography, this book identifies opulence and leisure as driving forces for the domestic and imperial British economic engine in the early years of the 20th century.

 

About Angus Trumble

See more books from this Author
Angus Trumble is senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Andrea Wolk Rager is visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by YC British Art. 420 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Edwardian Opulence

Open Letters Monthly

Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.

| Read Full Review of Edwardian Opulence: British A...

Accompanying an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, this scholarly and handsome book explores the cultural life of the Edwardian period in the UK. Not just focusing on fine art such as painting and sculpture, Trumble (senior curator, painting & sculpture, Yale Ctr. for British Art) and...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Edwardian Opulence: British A...

Accompanying an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, this scholarly and handsome book explores the cultural life of the Edwardian period in the UK. Not just focusing on fine art such as painting and sculpture, Trumble (senior curator, painting & sculpture, Yale Ctr. for British Art) and...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Edwardian Opulence: British A...

Rate this book!

Add Review