Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 May 2001

256 Pages | 15 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195147186

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The Avant-Garde in Interwar England

Medieval Modernism and the London Underground

Michael T. Saler

This book addresses modernism's ties to tradition, commerce, nationalism, and spirituality through an analysis of the assimilation of visual modernism in England between 1910 and 1939. Specifically, The Avant-Garde in Interwar England explores the life of Frank Pick, managing director of the London Underground, whose patronage of modern artists, architects, and designers was guided by a desire to unite nineteenth-century arts and crafts with twentieth-century industry and mass culture. Author Saler demonstrates that modernism was widely associated in England with medievalism, and was also thought to have direct social, economic, and spiritual benefits for the nation.