Farewell to an Idea by Timothy J. Clark
Episodes from a History of Modernism

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This work presents T.J. Clark's perspective on the history of modern art. It asks whether modernism and socialism depended on each other for their vitality, and argues that modernism was an extreme answer to an extreme condition - summed up by Max Weber as the disenchantment of the world.

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T. J. Clark is Chancellor's Professor of Modern Art at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of "The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers" (1984) and "Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism" (1999).
Published January 1, 1999 by Yale University Press. 460 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In this career-defining work, a collection of seven ruminative essays on the ""co-dependency"" of these concepts, eminent art historian Clark offers not so much a summation as an archeology, working through ""limit cases"" in the long and tortured relationship of art and politics, from David's sh...

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All that remains for Picasso is to adopt the famous trompe-l’oeil details, and the hermetic paintings will achieve their uneasy splendour, staging ‘an indefinite struggle between illusionism and anti-illusionism’.

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Modernism was always troubled by its epoch and this tension helped produce some of the most wonderful pieces of modern art.

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