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Title :

Victorian culture and the idea of the grotesque; Aldershot; Brookfield; Ashgate

Grotesque obscenities : Thomas Woolner's Civilization and its discontents

Author :
BARLOW, Paul ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines Woolner's move from Puck, a sculpture of 1846 which deploys the category of the grotesque as a sign of the modern, to Civilization, of 1856-1866 (Wallington, Northumberland), where the grotesque is equated with the primitive. The sculpture seems to endorse those values that mark the Victorian as a problem for the late 20th c. : woman as an agent of purification, the progress of 'civilization', the equation of the primitive with the barbaric. However, for Woolner Civilization represented his mature meditation on the relationship between the grotesque and the beautiful. Argues that Woolner produced a sculpture in which a complex of interrelated articulations of the grotesque is adapted with reference to the Ruskinian model of the 'noble' grotesque. The sculpture stands as the centrepiece of a decorative scheme devised with the participation of Ruskin. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Civilization ; Esthétique ; Grande-Bretagne ; Grotesque ; Puck ; Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 ; Sculpture ; Théorie de l'art ; Wallington, Northumberland (GBR) ; Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892 ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Art theory ; Civilization ; Great Britain ; Grotesque ; Puck ; Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 ; Sculpture ; Wallington, Northumberland (GBR) ; Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892 ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24970726 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 1859283802 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ; UNITED STATES ;