Edwardian Opulence is the book for the sumptuous survey exhibition of Edwardian art which was shown at the Yale Centre for British Art from 28 February to 2 June 2013. It is a sweeping look at the visual arts in Britain in all its manifestations during the period roughly corresponding with the reign of Edward VII. This substantial book contains important essays by the curators, Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager, as well as contributions from leading art historians such as Tim Barringer, Pamela Fletcher, Elizabeth C. Mansfield, and Alexander Nemerov. Many of the paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works of decorative art in this publication reflect the supreme self-confidence and wealth of the ruling élite at that time. However, it was also a period of dramatic change; and this too is reflected in the publication.
Peers and tiaras
Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
edited by Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager
Yale University Press (Inbooks), $99.95 hb, 421 pp, 9780300190250
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Anne Gray is Head of Australian Art and Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture before 1920 at the National Gallery of Australia. She has worked in the art museum profession for more than thirty years. She was previously Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia, Head of Art at the Australian War Memorial, and Educator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She has curated approximately thirty-five exhibitions, including major exhibitions for the National Gallery of Australia, and has written widely on Australian and British art and artists. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree from the University of Western Australia.
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