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Authors : Verity Elson, Rosemary Shirley

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the collective imagination. This highly original and vibrant study examines how key moments in art history hâve shaped our understanding of the British countryside and how contemporary artists continue to access and often challenge this concept.

From High Art to propaganda, garden centres to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games - a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understandings of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about how ideas of the countryside have been formed and how they are reflected in contemporary culture, through the innovative intégration of historié works by artists including Constable, Gainsborough and Stubbs, works of modem British art, together with contemporary responses to rural life and landscape by artists such as Mat Collishaw, Grayson Perry, Anna Fox and Alison Goldfrapp. Crucially, this volume enters this rich array of artworks into a productive dialogue with a range of visual cultures that populate everyday life, exploring how the imagery of the mral idyll is re-enacted. adapted and used today.

QratnÊgtbeCtmntiyside features new writing from a variety of disciplines,

irheres of an history, rural history, îiterature and contemporary art. Imerspersed throughout the publication are séries of interviews with artists who are workdng with the rural in innovative ways, offering a stimulating range of new perspectives on the rôle and importance of the countryside in contemporary culture.

The publication features artists whose work spanns nearly four centuries, including r.i’.t- Allingham, William Blake, Edward Burra, Rebecca Chesney, George Cîausen, Wifiiam Collins, Mat Collishaw, John Constable, Evelyn Dunbar, Anna Fox, Thomas Gainsborough, James Guthrie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Josef Herman, Paul Hill, Sigrid Hohnwood, Horockses, Hilary Jack, Peter Kennard, Delaine Le Bas, Ciare Leighton, Claude Lorrain, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Jean-François Millet, MyVillages, Frank Newbould, Samuel Palmer, Grayson Perry, John Pettie, John Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Paul Reas, John Robertson Reid, Andy Sewell, Jo Spence, Stanley Spencer, George Stubbs, Graham Sutherland, Homer Sykes, Edward Arthur Walton and John Wyndham.

About the Authors:

Verity Elson is curator at Compton Verney, Rosemary Shirley is an art historian who has written about topics as diverse as litter, motorways, folk customs and scrapbooks; Jeremy Buchardt is a historian specializing in îçth- and 20th-century English rural society; Alice Carey is a curator with a particular interest in farms; Nick Groom is an historian whose The Seasons (2013) was a Book of the Year in the Observer; Nicola Bishop is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and is interested in programmes featuring the rural landscapes and new nature writing.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 22 * 26

Pages: 120

ISBN: 978-1-911300-10-6

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