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Cecil Beaton's Bright young things / Robin Muir.

Author/Creator:
Muir, Robin, author.
Other Title:
Bright young things
Publication:
London : National Portrait Gallery Publications, [2020]
Distribution:
[New York] : [ARTBOOK/D.A.P.]
Manufacture:
Italy : Printer Trento
Format/Description:
Book
277 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 29 cm
Subjects:
Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980 -- Exhibitions.
Portrait photography -- Exhibitions.
Photography, Artistic -- Exhibitions.
Biography -- 20th century -- Portraits.
Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980.
Photography, Artistic.
Biography.
Portrait photography.
Form/Genre:
Portraits.
Exhibition catalogs.
Summary:
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is one of the most celebrated British Portrait photographers of the twentieth century and is renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. His influence on portrait photography was profound and lives on today in the work of many contemporary photographers. Beaton used his camera, his ambition and his larger-than-life personality to mingle with a flamboyant and rebellious group of artists, writers, socialites and partygoers. These 'Bright Young Things' captured the spirit of the roaring twenties and thirties as they cut a dramatic swathe through the epoch. Beaton quickly developed a reputation for his beautiful, often striking and fantastic photographs, which culminated in his portraits of Queen Elizabeth in 1939. More than a photographer, Beaton became a society fixture in his own right. In a series of themed chapters, covering Beaton's first self-portraits and earliest sitters to his time at Cambridge and as principle society photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, over 60 leading figures who sat for him are profiled and the dazzling parties, pageants and balls of the period are brought to life. Among this glittering cast are Beaton's socialite sisters Baba and Nancy Beaton, Stephen Tennant, the Mitfords, Siegfried Sassoon, Evelyn Waugh and Daphne Du Maurier. Beaton's photographs are complemented by a wide range of letters, drawings and ephemera and contextualised by artworks created by those in his circle, including Christopher Wood, Rex Whistler and Henry Lamb. Exhibition: London, UK National Portrait Gallery, 03/12/20-06/07/20 Sheffield, UK Millennium Gallery, 06/25/20-10/18/20 Cheltenham, UK The Wilson, 11/14/20-02/28/21.
Contents:
Foreword
Introduction
Ouverture: Beginnings
Travesti: Curtain raisers
Maestri: Patrons
Cadenza: Principals
Bel canto: Heavenly creatures
Fioritura: True originals
Seria: Featured players
Intermezzo: Society on display
Coloratura: Society at play
Arioso: Idylls
Coda
Curator's acknowledgements
Bibliography
List of lenders
Loan credits
Picture credits
Index.
Notes:
"Published to accompany the exhibition: 'Cecil Beaton's Bright young things'"--Page 277.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-267) and index.
Contributor:
National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain), host institution.
Millennium Gallery (Sheffield, England), host institution.
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, host institution.
ISBN:
9781855147720
1855147726
OCLC:
1124776435
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