"No One Really Knows" : Circumstance and Theory in English Artists from Hilliard to Hockney

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Starting with accounts of the artists' lives and characters, and their circumstances, and using their own writings, letters, public lectures and interviews, pictures emerge of their theories of art, and how those theories depended both on their personalities and on current ideas. So a range of theories appears,all different and all illustrating their periods, from Renaissance ones to Romantic ones to Modernist ones. The ten chapters are : Hilliard and Artificiality ; Hogarth and Everyday Life in London ; Reynolds and Perfect Balance ; Constable as Mr Punch ; Holman Hunt The Maniac ; William Morris : The Artist as Socialist ; Whistler : Art for Art's Sake ; Wyndham Lewis and Violence ; Bacon and Tragedy ; Hockney: 'Photography is Dead, Long Live Painting'. The 'No One Really Knows" of the title refers to what Bacon said when an interviewer asked him what made a painting.
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  • By andrea lozekova
    Jul 15, 2013
    Amazing book. I've never read anything like it. Makes you feel you are really there, experiencing yourself, or at least watching from a short distance lives, ups and downs of these artists.
  • By Bernard Tannett
    Jan 23, 2013
    This is a very accessible book which is suitable both for newcomers to British art and for those who know it well. At the same time it is a potted history of British art, a collection of vivid biographical sketches of the artists, and a contribution to the history of aesthetic theory. I particularly liked the clear style with its occasional stand-out phrases such as Wyndham lewis's attack on Bloomsbury art by 'demanding goose steps as an antidote to the slop of Cambridge post-aestheticism'.
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    Oct 9, 2012
    this is an incisive original book providing a new perspective on these artists with an emphasis on their own views rather than the secondhand opinions of the critics. Highly recommended
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August 25, 2012
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