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Eric Gill (1882–1940) is one of the 20th century’s most controversial artists. This illustrated introduction focuses on the clarity of Gill’s drawn and cut line, and explores his genius as a letter cutter, wood engraver, sculptor and typographer in the light of his refined finished drawings and preparatory sketches. Like all modernists of the early twentieth-century, he used stylised form, explicit sexuality and the influence of other cultures to position himself at the forefront of the avant-garde.
An outsider and a radical, Gill nevertheless became one the establishment’s favourite artists, with his patrons including the Catholic Church, the Lord Chancellor’s office, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Mint, the London Underground, the BBC, the Post Office and the League of Nations. The authors illuminate here the quality, complexities and contradictions of Gill’s fascinating life and art.
Product code: cmc18192
Authors: Ruth Cribb and Joe Cribb
Number of pages: 112 pages
Size: 190 x 170 mm
llustrations: 100 colour
Publication date: January 2011
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This little book is an absolute joy ... Modestly styled by its authors as an introduction only, their book is in reality rather more than that for they illustrate many carefully chosen examples of Gill's sculptures and graphic work ... as well as to confirm the amazing range of his output...
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