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William Orpen: Politics, Sex & Death: Upstone, Robert;Foster, Roy;Jenkins, David Fraser

William Orpen: Politics, Sex & Death

Upstone, Robert;Foster, Roy;Jenkins, David Fraser

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ISBN 10: 0856675962 / ISBN 13: 9780856675966
Published by Philip Wilson Publishers, 2005
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Title: William Orpen: Politics, Sex & Death

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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This book, which accompanies a retrospective exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London in January 2005, reappraises an artist who, at the time of his death in 1931, was probably the best-known painter in Britain. The book reveals the full variety of William Orpen's work from his highly accomplished portraits, his revitalization of the nude and the conversation piece, to his extraordinary allegories and war paintings. It analyzes the series of self-portraits, many mocking his own character with a mixture of humor and bitterness, that are a particular feature of his oeuvre. His experiences as an official war artist in France from 1917 to 1919 made him cynical of politicians. Although he painted brilliant portraits of these very men, and of generals and war heroes, he also produced some bitter allegories of war. The war years form the climax of both the book and the exhibition.

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Robert Upstone, Curator of the exhibition, Roy Foster, University of Oxford, and David Fraser Jenkins, Senior Curator at the Tate Gallery, London..

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