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Modernism and Authority
Author: Charles Palermo

ISBN: 9780520282469
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 16 September 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.0
Description:
Modernism and Authority presents a provocative new take on the early paintings of Pablo Picasso and the writings of Guillaume Apollinaire. Charles Palermo argues that references to theology and traditional Christian iconography in the works of Picasso and Apollinaire are not mere symbolic gestures; rather, they are complex responses to the symbolist art and poetry of figures important to them, including Paul Gauguin, Charles Morice, and Santiago Rusinol. The young Picasso and his contemporaries experienced the challenges of modernity as an attempt to reflect on the lost relation to authority. For the symbolists, art held authority by revealing something compellingsomething to which audiences must respond lest they lose claim to their own moral authority. Instead of the total transformation of the reader or viewer that symbolist creators envision, Picasso and Apollinaire imagine a divided self, responding only partially or ambivalently to the work of art's call. Navigating these problems of symbolist art and poetry entails considering the nature of the work of art and of one's response to it, the modern subject's place in history, and the relevance...

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