Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism (Paperback)

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Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism By David Solkin (Editor), Jonas Beyer (Contributions by), Mechthild Fend (Contributions by), Ketty Gottardo (Contributions by) Cover Image
By David Solkin (Editor), Jonas Beyer (Contributions by), Mechthild Fend (Contributions by), Ketty Gottardo (Contributions by)


A catalog accompanying the first exhibition devoted to a fascinating group of drawings by one of eighteenth-century Europe’s most idiosyncratic, original, and controversial artists. 

Best known for his notoriously provocative painting The Nightmare, Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825) cultivated a reputation for eccentricity, with vividly stylized images of supernatural creatures, muscle-bound heroes, and damsels in distress. While these convinced some viewers of the greatness of his genius, others dismissed him as a charlatan, or as completely mad.

By bringing together more than fifty of his works, this volume offers unprecedented access to see one of the finest draftsmen of the Romantic period at his most innovative and exciting. Visitors to the show and readers of the lavishly illustrated catalog will further be invited to consider how Fuseli’s drawings of women, as products of the turbulent aftermath of the American and French Revolutions, speak to concerns about gender and sexuality that have never been more relevant than they are today.

The exhibition showcases drawings brought together from international collections, including the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand, and other European and North American institutions.

About the Author

David Solkin is professor emeritus at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 

Ketty Gottardo is the Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery in London. 

Praise For…

"Showcasing Fuseli’s graphic invention and abiding strangeness, this deeply intelligent exhibition and its catalogue are a substantial contribution to Fuseli studies."
— The Burlington Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781913645298
ISBN-10: 1913645290
Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
Publication Date: December 20th, 2022
Pages: 168