- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Old Street Publishing; 1st Edition edition (13 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190584784X
- ISBN-13: 978-1905847846
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Crisis of Brilliance Hardcover – 13 Nov 2009
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'Haycock's narrative of this entangled, war-defined group is so strong that it often has the force of a novel, hard to put down . . . We should call for a joint exhibition of [their] work, to complement the moving portrayal of their lives in this engrossing and enjoyable book.'
Guardian BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A lucid study of the lives behind the art . . . What gives Haycock's book its freshness is that, through skilful use of letters and memoirs left by his five subjects, he injects it with the anxiety, ambition, self-doubt and jealousy that possessors of youth and talent are fated to feel'
John Carey, Sunday Times
'What a fascinatingly tangled mess of human lives! Haycock tells the whole story engagingly and unpretentiously: the human conflicts, the clashes of ideas, and the terrible disruptions of war beneath it all.'
'A sad tale, wonderfully told… [Haycock] fades the many different narratives in and out with ease'
'Boyd Haycock sets the story of Nash, Spencer, Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler and Richard Nevinson against the backdrop of Britain before and during the war, and he delineates it all with real vigour. Recommended.'
'Haycock manages the drama in this tale with such skill that his story unfolds like a well-plotted novel… Formidably well-informed… Never before have the private vicissitudes in these artists' lives been made so real or their exuberance so vivid.'
'There is something endlessly appealing about a group of artists behaving badly while simultaneously creating their best work...Depression, doubt, love triangles and the horrors of war all conspire against their ambitions, causing their fortunes to diverge wildly... [Haycock's] research provides rich context, with personal letters supplying detail to every squabble or concern'
'A vintage decade of early twentieth century British art, told in vivid and entertaining detail through the adventures of five highly gifted young painters ... I greatly enjoyed it'
Sir Michael Holroyd
'Truly fascinating from every angle - almost a work of art in itself'
'An extraordinary book. I read it avidly ... The familiar cast is handled in a quite new and original way. They have been made fresh and vulnerable once more, and their work re-evaluated, made new to us'
'Haycock's narrative teems with colourful characters and dramatic detail.'
Simon May --*
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My one criticism is that I wanted to see more of the paintings written about. That said, since a sad scarcity of them in the book itself has got me planning a visit to The Imperial War Museum, I don't suppose that should be considered too great a failing!
20th century English artists weren't on the A level syllabus when I studied; if they are now - in fact, even if they're not! - then this is just the kind of book to draw students into the subject. It reads like a superior soap opera. Brilliant.
(The author's short introductory book Paul Nash is a must if you wish to learn more of this fascinating artist's work.)
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This is first class book that looks at how WW1 effected the lives of a group of young English artists. The writing is very clear and the illustrations are first class's. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phil Knight
This book tells the story of a “golden generation” of British artists, and in particular of five members of that generation- Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, C R W Nevinson, Mark... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J C E Hitchcock
Hardback copy in excellent condition - for the price of a paperback. Excellent. It's a good read too.Published 13 months ago by Roy Johnson