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Baroque between the Wars: Alternative Style in the Arts, 1918-1939

Jane Stevenson


This book re-examines the arts in the 1920s and 1930s, arguing that rather than being dominated by modernism, the period saw a dialogue between modern baroque—eclectic, playful, and open to influence from popular culture—and modernism, which was theory-driven, didactic, and exclusive, features which suggest that it was essentially a neoclassical movement. Thus the period is characterized by the ancient competition between baroque and classical forms of expression. The author argues that both forms were equally valid responses to the challenge of modernity by setting painting and literature in ... More

Keywords: modernism, baroque, decorative arts, literature, design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808770
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Stevenson, author
Regius Professor of Humanity, University of Aberdeen