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Under the Spell of Orpheus: The Persistence of a Myth in Twentieth-Century Art
by Judith E. Bernstock
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
eISBN: 978-0-8093-8299-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-1659-5
Library of Congress Classification NX652.O3B47 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 700


This comprehensive view of the Orpheus myth in modern art focuses on an extremely rich artistic symbol and cuts through all the clichés to explore truly significant problems of meaning. The author takes a new approach to the iconography of major modern artists by incorporating psychological and literary analysis, as well as biography.

The three parts of the book explore the ways in which artists have identified with different aspects of the often paradoxical Orpheus myth. The first deals with artists such as Paul Klee, Carl Milles, and Barbara Hepworth. In the second, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, and Isamu Noguchi are discussed. Artists examined in the final part include Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, Ethel Schwabacher, and Cy Twombly. The author documents her argument with more than sixty illustrations.

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