Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86)
This book cover, published in 1925 by the Hogarth Press, was designed by the painter Vanessa Bell. In 1904 she moved with her sister and two brothers to 46 Gordon Square where they started the famous Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists.
… We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty; the beauty of speed ... We will glorify war–the world’s only hygiene ... We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicoloured, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capital. The first ‘Futurist Manifesto’ (1909)
Francisco Goya, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, from ‘Los Caprichos’ (1797-99)
Georges Seurat, Detail from A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86)
From about 1880 to the outbreak of World War 1 a series of sweeping changes in technology created distinctive new modes of thinking about experiencing time and space. Technological innovations including the telephone, wireless telegraph, x-ray, cinema, bicycle, automobile, and airplane, established the material foundation for this reorientation. Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918
Le Corbusier, architect Unité d’habitation, Berlin; erected 1959
Photograph showing the Humanities Building c. 1964. Source: University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre, Warwick University Archive. Image from the exhibition `The Idea of a University’, Mead Gallery, June 2010.
Council housing, South London. `Fentiman Road/Meadow Road, Lambeth, London, England, 20th century’.