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A New Key: Modern Belgian Art from the Simon Collectionby Jeffery Howe
Synopses & Reviews
The Simon Collection, housed in London and France, is the finest assemblage of modern Belgian art outside Belgium. Accompanying an exhibition held at Boston Colleges McMullen Museum, A New Key presents fifty-three works never before displayed in North America, including important paintings by René Magritte, James Ensor, Frits van den Berge, Paul Delvaux, and others.
Full-color reproductions of the paintings are accompanied by seven essays that illuminate their significance and the distinctive contribution of Belgian art to the development of modernism. Addressing themes like the rise of Freudian psychology, the influence of carnival, and the trauma of two world wars, A New Key forges a new understanding of Belgiums long-neglected role in the development of modern art.
About the Author
Jeffery W. Howe is professor of fine arts at Boston College. He is the author of many books, including Houses of Worship and The Symbolist Art of Fernand Khnopff.
Table of Contents
Preface and Historical Outline
Pauvre Belgique: Collecting Practices and Belgian Art in and Outside of Belgium
The Simon Collection - a Personal Perspective
A New Key: Modernism and National Identity in Belgian Art
"Laughter Liberates Us from Fear" - The Place of Carnival in Our Lives
Susan A. Michalczyk
Occupied Belgium: The Art of War
John J. Michalczyk
Freudian Themes in the Symbolist Work of George Minne
Works in the Exhibition
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