The Art of David Jones: Vision and Memory

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This book offers a concise and highly readable account of the visual art of David Jones (1895-1974). It challenges the simplistic view of Jones as an outsider or an eccentric, exploring his work instead in relation to the wider cultural and intellectual climate of his times. The authors focus on works of outstanding quality, including engravings from the 1920s, watercolours from 1926-32 and the most significant of Jones's later mythological drawings as well as his studies of trees and chalices and his unique painted inscriptions. Analysis of Jones's technical virtuosity in diverse media enlarges our understanding of his highly original visual language and the symbolism that sustains it. The book also explores the relation of Jones's art to his Christian faith and his understanding of place and history. Copiously illustrated, The Art of David Jones not only offers fresh insight into the career of a multi-talented British artist, but also adds to our understanding of the art and cultural history of Britain from the First World War through to the 1960s.

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Paul Hills is Professor Emeritus at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He curated the major David Jones retrospective at the Tate in 1981 and convened the centenary conference on the artist at the University of Warwick in 1995. His previous publications include The Light of Early Italian Painting (1987) and Venetian Colour: Marble, Mosaic, Painting and Glass, 1250-1550 (1999). Following completion of an MA at the Courtauld Institute, Ariane Bankes worked for many years in publishing and the commercial art world. Her articles and reviews on a wide variety of arts subjects have appeared in the Spectator, the RA Magazine and the TLS, and she collaborated with Jonathan Reekie on The New Aldeburgh Anthology (2009).

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"This is the first true attempt to encompass the art of David Jones in its entirety, from his poetry and paintings to his inscriptions. It is a lucid and beautiful account of a major artist who has eluded proper scrutiny. This is a magisterial book. I loved it." —Edmund de Waal, author, The Hare with Amber Eyes

"Now that David Jones’s stature as artist and poet is becoming more and more firmly established, it is particularly important to have a book like this as an orientation to his complex, exhilarating work. Comprehensively learned, superbly produced - with an unprecedentedly wide range of illustrations - and lively in its exposition, it is undoubtedly one of the most significant studies yet of David Jones, a landmark in the understanding of his work in words and images." —Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"One of its chief joys is the wide range of illustrations, while the accompanying textis both readable and informative. Ariane Bankes and Paul Hills have sensibly divided the narrative and analysis of Jones’s life in art between them . . . their combination makes abook at once authoritative and enthusiastic." —Andrew Lambirth, Spectator

"Bankes and Hills have found a subtle and evocative vocabulary for renewing discussions about David Jones’s work, and when words fail, Vision and Memory offers us a veritable treasure-hoard of full-color images to speak in their absence." —Francesca Brooks, marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org

"This is an incisive, clearly written chronological study that embraces Jones’s work into the mainstream narrative of twentieth-century art." —Marina Vaisey, The Burlington Magazine

"This original and rewarding book is, as its subject would have liked, an especially beautiful production. It is full of unexpected information and analysis and presents Jones as a varied and surprising artist." —British Art Journal

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