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By Urszula Szulakowska

Alchemy in modern paintings analyzes the way during which twentieth-century artists, starting with French Surrealists of the Twenties, have appropriated strategies and imagery from the western alchemical culture. This research examines inventive creation from c. 1920 to the current, with an emphasis at the Seventies to 2000, discussing known names corresponding to Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, and Anselm Kiefer, in addition to many little identified artists of the later 20th century. It presents a severe review of the alchemical culture in twentieth-century paintings, and of using occultist imagery as a code for political discourse and polemical engagement. The examine is the 1st to ascertain the effect of alchemy and the Surrealist culture on Australian in addition to on japanese eu and Mexican artwork. additionally, the textual content considers the way within which ladies artists reminiscent of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and Rebecca Horn have significantly revised the conventional sexist imagery of alchemy and occultism for his or her personal feminist purposes.

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