THE IMAGE OF CHRIST IN MODERN ART

RICHARD HARRIES
186pp 82 COLOUR ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £19.99 (P) A987

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Supplemented by beautiful images, this study explores the continuing challenge, present from the beginning of Christian art, as to how the visual can convey the transcendent. It explores the challenges presented by radical changes of artistic style in the twentieth century to artists who wished to relate to traditional Christian imagery. Harries looks at those associated with the birth of modernism, such as Epstein and Rouault, as well as painters with a highly distinctive understanding of religion like Chagall and Stanley Spencer. He discusses the revival of confidence associated with the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral and the commissioning of work by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Elizabeth Frink, before looking at the testing last quarter of the twentieth century. In conclusion, he suggests that the modern movement in art has been a friend, not a foe of Christian art.