Art in Cornwall

Michael Bird

Art in Cornwall cover imageWhy does Corn­wall have such a strong, long­stand­ing and, on the face of it, unlikely asso­ci­ation with art and artists? Art in Corn­wall gives a lively and author­it­at­ive intro­duc­tion to the sub­ject, guid­ing us through diverse land­scapes and the art asso­ci­ated with them. It provides a his­tor­ic­al over­view, from Turner’s vis­it in the 1800s to the present day.  Themes include: Corn­wall in the Romantic vis­ion of land­scape; the Vic­tori­an devel­op­ment of ‘myth­ic­al’ Corn­wall as a tour­ist des­tin­a­tion; the search for rus­tic authen­ti­city and the early art colon­ies in Newlyn and St Ives; Cornwall’s attrac­tion for mod­ern­ist artists, and the dif­fer­ent vis­ions of land­scape in mod­ern art after the Second World War – a visu­al leg­acy con­tinu­ing into the present day.

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Michael Bird is a writer and art his­tor­i­an. He is the author of The St Ives Artists: A Bio­graphy of Place and Time, 100 Ideas that Changed Art,  books on mod­ern Brit­ish artists Sandra Blow, Lynn Chad­wick, George Ful­lard and Bry­an Wynter, and a best­selling his­tory of art for chil­dren, Vincent’s Starry Night and Oth­er Stor­ies. He is a reg­u­lar con­trib­ut­or to arts pro­grammes on BBC Radio.

Art in Corn­wall is pub­lished in our Pock­et Corn­wall series.

  • Turn­er to Tate: A Short His­tory
  • West­wards from the Tamar
  • Pen­zance and Newlyn to the Isles of Scilly
  • St Just to St Ives, across the Pen­with Moors
  • St Ives and the North Coast
  • Index of Artists
  • Pub­lic Col­lec­tions

ISBN 9780906720752
1st edi­tion
112 pages
60 col­our + 2 b/​w repro­duc­tions; 3 col­our + 7 b/​w pho­to­graphs
150 x 153 mm

per­fect intro­duc­tion to paint­ing on the pen­in­sula’ (This is South Devon, 28.04.12)

fab­ulous… Michael’s writ­ing… really invites you on a jour­ney that’s so inclus­ive and not gobbledy art speak!’ (Louise McClary, artist, 26.04.12)

To tell the story of art in Corn­wall with­in the frame­work of [the] Pock­et Corn­wall series must have seemed a daunt­ing task, but it is one which author and art his­tor­i­an Michael Bird is not only well qual­i­fied to do but also one he does extremely well. … Begin­ning with its col­our­ful cov­er of Anthony Frost’s The Col­our of Sound, the book includes many repro­duc­tions of paint­ings inter­spersed by its author’s author­it­at­ive and informed text.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 30.04.12)

Com­pact sur­vey of county’s artists is dazzling achieve­ment… this book has it all… incred­ibly good value at £6.95 and should be on the book­shelf of all those with an interest in the art and artists of Corn­wall.’ (The Cornish­man, 07.06.12)

a lively, access­ible and beau­ti­fully illus­trated intro­duc­tion to the sub­ject’ (Corn­wall Today, July 2012)

Turn­er and many artists and their con­nec­tion to Corn­wall are explored by art his­tor­i­an Michael Bird … includes com­ment on and illus­tra­tions of many …  artists … proof pos­it­ive that Corn­wall has been and still is an artist­ic anchor for so many.’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 30.08.12)

this beau­ti­fully illus­trated book’ (Newlyn School of Art News­let­ter, Septem­ber 2012)

anoth­er top-draw­er present­a­tion which we have come to accept as the norm from Alis­on Hodge… should find a place on the shelves of every­one who is inter­ested in art and artists in Corn­wall’ (Old Corn­wall, vol XIV, no. 8, Spring 2013)

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