Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism

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This book examines the work of Mario Sironi, painter, caricaturist, designer, and muralist, whose images shaped the political myths of Italian Fascism. Providing a case study of the relationship between artistic freedom and political authoritarianism during and between the world wars in Italy, Emily Braun's study challenges traditional interpretations of this period as a 'return to order'. Recounting how Sironi fashioned the Fascist regime's image in both high and low-art forms, from propaganda in the press to monumental mural projects, Braun shows why Sironi was defended by progressive critics, and even Mussolini himself, as the consummate artist of the 'Fascist Revolution'. Both a monograph and cultural history, Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism charts the fate of modern art and the avant-garde project of cultural renewal under Fascism. It reveals the relationship between Fascism, myth and modernism, as well as the link between Sironi's art and post-war abstraction in Europe and America.

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This book examines the work of Mario Sironi, whose images shaped the political myths of Italian Fascism. Providing a case study of the relationship between artistic freedom and political authoritarianism during and between the world wars, Emily Braun's study challenges traditional interpretations of this period as a 'return to order'.

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."..remarkable....efficient and informative." New York Review of Books ."..a milestone in the study of Fascist art and politics...Thanks to Braun's brilliant study, we can now fully appreciate Sironi's seminal role as Fascism's foremost mythmaker." CAA Reviews "Emily Braun's excellent study - sensitive, well-researhced and clearly written...is an important corrective to older views of the Fascist era as one of cultural vapidity and conservatism....the intention is as much to shed light on the character and role of art within the Fascist regime as on Sironi himself. In this Braun succeeds admirably." Times Literary Supplement ."..offfers a welcome addition to the literature on Sironi due to its scholarly depth, critical acumen, and breadth of reference." Oxford Art Journal

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