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MacCarthy, Fiona

Overview
Works: 52 works in 223 publications in 3 languages and 5,618 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Curator, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction, Illustrator
Classifications: PR4381, B
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Most widely held works about Fiona MacCarthy
 
Most widely held works by Fiona MacCarthy
Byron : life and legend by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this book, Fiona MacCarthy has produced the most important work on Byron in nearly half a century. Granted unprecedented access to many documents and artifacts unexamined by previous scholars, MacCarthy brings a fresh, engaging sensibility to a full appreciation of the poet's life and art. Byron: life and legend explores heretofore unrevealed aspects of Byron's complex creative existence, reassessing his poetry, reinterpreting his incomparable letters, and reconsidering the voluminous record left by the poet's contemporaries: his friends and family, his critics and supporters. MacCarthy's scope is comprehensive, giving due weight to each aspect of her subject's genius and covering the full range of his life, retracing his journeys through Italy, Turkey, and Greece and culminating in his heroic voyage to Missolonghi, where he died at the tragically early age of thirty-six. After his death, a pervasive Byronism swept Europe presented here is the fascinating evolution of his posthumous reputation and its influence on literature, architecture, painting, music, manners, sex and psyche. Full of energy and detail, subtlety and glamour, this new study reestablishes Byron as a charismatic figure in the forefront of European art
The last Pre-Raphaelite : Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian imagination by Fiona MacCarthy( )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the prize-winning author of William Morris comes a new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the nineteenth century. The angels on our Christmas cards, the stained glass in our churches, the great paintings in our galleries - Edward Burne-Jones's work is all around us. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'. The bridge between Victorian and modern art, he influenced not just his immediate circle but artists such as Klimt and Picasso. In this gripping book Fiona MacCarthy explores and re-evaluates his art and life - his battle against vicious public hostility, the romantic susceptibility to female beauty that would inspire his art and ruin his marriage, his ill health and depressive sensibility, the devastating rift with his great friend and collaborator William Morris as their views on art and politics diverged. With new research and fresh historical perspective, The Last Pre-Raphaelite tells the extraordinary, dramatic story of Burne-Jones as an artist, a key figure in Victorian society and a peculiarly captivating man
Stanley Spencer : an English vision by Stanley Spencer( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stanley Spencer, a central figure in the current revival of European figurative painting, is among the most important English painters of the twentieth century. In this book, Fiona MacCarthy investigates Spencer's life, sets his work in its cultural context, and emphasises the links between his life and his paintings. With the extensive commentary - edited from Spencer's own writings - on each of the stunning reproductions of Spencer's paintings, this volume provides a comprehensive account of a profoundly original artist and his work."--Jacket
Gropius : the man who built the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

13 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of Walter Gropius can be measured in his buildings--Fagus Factory, Bauhaus Dessau, Pan Am--but no less in his students. I.M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, Anni Albers, Philip Johnson, Fumihiko Maki: countless masters were once disciples at the Bauhaus in Berlin and at Harvard. Between 1910 and 1930, Gropius was at the center of European modernism and avant-garde society glamor, only to be exiled to the antimodernist United Kingdom during the Nazi years. Later, under the democratizing influence of American universities, Gropius became an advocate of public art and cemented a starring role in twentieth-century architecture and design. Fiona MacCarthy challenges the image of Gropius as a doctrinaire architectural rationalist, bringing out the visionary philosophy and courage that carried him through a politically hostile age. Pilloried by Tom Wolfe as inventor of the monolithic high-rise, Gropius is better remembered as inventor of a form of art education that influenced schools worldwide. He viewed argument as intrinsic to creativity. Unusually for one in his position, Gropius encouraged women's artistic endeavors and sought equal romantic partners. Though a traveler in elite circles, he objected to the cloistering of beauty as "a special privilege for the aesthetically initiated." Gropius offers a poignant and personal story--and a fascinating reexamination of the urges that drove European and American modernism.--
Anarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960 by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Morris (1834-1896) was an artist, craftsman, designer, poet, polymath, and visionary thinker. Well known for advocating that objects of beauty be accessible to all, Morris had a tremendous impact on the British Socialist movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, the Garden City movement, as well as on successive generations of artists and thinkers in Britain and beyond. In this fascinating book, Fiona MacCarthy examines Morris's vision of a society in which art could flourish, and how this idea resonated over the ensuing century. Anarchy and Beauty takes the reader through Morris's fascinating career, from the establishment of his decorative arts shop (later Morris & Co.), to his radical sexual politics and libertarianism, and the publication in 1890 of his novel News from Nowhere, which envisions a utopian socialist society. MacCarthy then looks at the numerous artists and movements that bear the influence of Morris's ideas: Arts and Crafts and the Garden City, which took hold in both Europe and the United States; artists' communities that sprung up during the interwar years; and the 1951 Festival of Britain, whose mission was to bring the highest standards of design within the reach of everyone."--Publisher's description
The simple life : C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1902, when the back-to-the-land movement was at its height, an exodus began to Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. East End London workmen - jewellers, silversmiths, enamellers, cavers, modellers, blacksmiths, cabinet-makers, book-binders and printers - fled from the rushed and crowded life of the big city to a rural idyll of craftsmanship and husbandry which was, at the time, all good socialists' dream. This extraordinary idealistic movement was to have a lasting impact not only on the lives of the 150 London immigrants and their leader, the architect, Charles Robert Ashbee, b
Eric Gill by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eric Gill was a master typographer, sculptor and wood-engraver, and a devoted family man and key personality in three Catholic art and craft communities. He also believed in complete sexual freedom. The author analyzes these apparent contradictions and considers Gill, the man and the artist
Last curtsey : the end of the debutantes by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'In 1958 - the year in which Krushchev came to power in Russia, the year after Eden's resignation over Suez, two years after John Osborne's Look Back in Anger - the last of the debutantes, myself among them, went to the Palace to curtsey to the Queen.' Fiona MacCarthy and her fellow 'debs' were taking part in one of the final rituals of aristocratic power. The system had been in operation almost unchanged since the eighteenth century. It was a female rite of passage, an elaborate initiation ceremony marking the emergence of the virgin out of the schoolroom and into society at the marriageable age of seventeen. But that year, in 1958, it was drawing to a close." "Under pressure to shine - not least from their mothers - the girls were somewhere between teenagers and clones of the Queen herself. The focus for newspaper diarists and society photographers, these young women participated in a party season stretching for months among the great houses of England, Ireland and Scotland. Yet behind all the grandeur lay anxiety and making-do, as many families struggled to maintain the splendour of former times." "Fiona MacCarthy traces the stories of the girls who curtseyed that year, and shows how their lives were to open out in often very unexpected ways - as Britain itself changed irreversibly during the 1960s, and the certainties of the old order came to an end. Sharp, witty and beautifully observed, Last Curtsey is a triumph both as memoir and as social history."--BOOK JACKET
Walter Gropius : visionary founder of the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

13 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mention the Bauhaus and iconic design objects such as a Marianne Brandt teapot, an Anni Albers weaving or a Marcel Breuer chair come to mind. But the Bauhaus was more than an art school it was the birth of a whole new philosophy of art. Fiona MacCarthy argues that Walter Gropius's visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work, and think today. From 1910 to 1930 Gropius was at the very centre of European modern art and design. The Bauhaus stood for delight, experiment and creative freedom. Gropius gathered talents that included Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy into an art school that became an alternative way of life. Once Hitler came to power in 1933 Gropius's situation became increasingly untenable. The Nazis opposed everything the Bauhaus stood for. Gropius's beliefs and his affiliations left him little choice but to leave Germany. His story is one of exile in a century of buffeting and conflict. MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius's work and life. She brings the reader into the world of an inspiring, energetic man and illuminates the events and people that shaped him from his shattering experiences in World War One, to his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler and the tragic early death of their daughter Manon, through his disorientating years in London, to his final peaceful and productive life with Ise Gropius and his late starring role in twentieth-century architecture and design in America. She challenges more recent views of Gropius as a doctrinaire modernist, exploring his intellectual and emotional life with psychological insight, wit and sympathy
Kenneth Grange : making Britain modern by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Burne-Jones by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Undetermined and English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the 19th century. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'
Allen Jones : maîtresse by Allen Jones( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Maîtresse" series by the British Pop artist Allen Jones has its origins in a painting that Jones created in 1976 for a film poster for Barbet Schroeder's eponymous and controversially debated film about a seductive, leather-clad dominatrix. In the years until 2015, the "Maîtresse" motif developed?in various executions and in play with poses, colors, and space into a self-contained group of works within Jones's oeuvre. The catalogue brings together large-format works on canvas, drawings, studies on paper, a newly created silkscreen series, a sculptural work, as well as archival material. Exhibition: LEVY Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (08.11-23.12.2016)
Work for married women by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AbcDavid Kindersley : a life of letters by David Kindersley( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gropius : the man who built the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of Walter Gropius can be measured in his buildings-Fagus Factory, Bauhaus Dessau, Pan Amb-but no less in his students. I.M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, Anni Albers, Philip Johnson, Fumihiko Maki: countless masters were once disciples at the Bauhaus in Berlin and at Harvard. Between 1910 and 1930, Gropius was at the center of European modernism and avant-garde society glamour, only to be exiled to the antimodernist United Kingdom during the Nazi years. Later, under the democratizing influence of American universities, Gropius became an advocate of public art and cemented a starring role in twentieth-century architecture and design. Fiona MacCarthy challenges the image of Gropius as a doctrinaire architectural rationalist, bringing out the visionary philosophy and courage that carried him through a politically hostile age. Pilloried by Tom Wolfe as inventor of the monolithic high-rise, Gropius is better remembered as inventor of a form of art education that influenced schools worldwide. He viewed argument as intrinsic to creativity. Unusually for one in his position, Gropius encouraged women's artistic endeavors and sought equal romantic partners. Though a traveler in elite circles, he objected to the cloistering of beauty as "a special privilege for the aesthetically initiated."
An English vision by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in Undetermined and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walter Gropius : la vida del fundador de la Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burne-Jones special issue( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eric Gill : life and times by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Byron : life and legend
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The last Pre-Raphaelite : Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian imaginationStanley Spencer : an English visionGropius : the man who built the BauhausAnarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960The simple life : C.R. Ashbee in the CotswoldsEric GillLast curtsey : the end of the debutantesWalter Gropius : visionary founder of the Bauhaus
Alternative Names
Mac Carthy, Fiona

Mellor, Fiona MacCarthy

Mellor, Fiona MacCarthy, 1940-

Languages
English (176)

Spanish (3)

German (1)