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

ISBN : 9780198867753

Jane Stevenson
336 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jul 2021
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Baroque between the Wars is a fascinating account of the arts in the twenties and thirties. We often think of this time as being dominated by modernism, yet the period saw a dialogue between modern baroque - eclectic, playful, camp, open to influence from popular culture but connected with the past, and unafraid of the grotesque or surreal - and modernism, which was theory-driven, didactic, exclusive, and essentially neo-classical. Jane Stevenson argues that both baroque and classical forms were equally valid responses to the challenge of modernity. Setting painting and literature in the context of 'minor arts' such as interior design, photography, fashion, ballet, and flower arranging, and by highlighting the social context and sexual politics of creative production, Stevenson offers a new and exciting interpretation of one of the most renowned artistic movements of the 20th century. Accessibly written and generously illustrated, the volume focuses on artists, artefacts, clients, places, and publicists to demonstrate how baroque offered a whole new way of being modern. The modern baroque was an active subversion of the tenets of modernism, practised by the people that modernism habitually excluded. Stevenson brings those excluded groups into the centrefold of the modern baroque movement in a rich history of the alternative style which has influenced much of the art, architecture, performance and literature of today.


The In Between Time
I: Society
1 Climbing
2 Hiding in Plain Sight
3 Sitwell Style
II: The City
4 Modern Times
5 Streams Of Consciousness
6 Machines To Live In
III: Rooms
7 Outdoor Rooms
8 Chinese Wallpaper
9 Whiteness
10 White and Gold
11 Rococo Arcadia
IV: Uncanonical Arts
12 Silver Paper
13 Self Fashioning
14 Masks
15 Four Dozen White Lilies
16 Flowers in the Abstract
17 The Ghost of a Rose

About the author: 

Jane Stevenson studied at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick before moving to Aberdeen, where she was Regius Professor of Humanity. Jane Stevenson is now Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall at the University of Oxford. Her works include studies of women's writing in Latin, early modern women poets, a biography of the painter Edward Burra, and six novels.

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