A history of dead ends: the historiography of early twentieth-century Swedish mural painting

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T1 - A history of dead ends

T2 - Journal of Art Historiography

AU - Qvarnström, Ludwig

PY - 2018/12/1

Y1 - 2018/12/1

N2 - Analysing the historiography of early to mid 20th century monumental painting in Sweden, the article argue that this historiography is characterised by a recurring interest of unactualised avant-garde proposals for public art (many of them preserved as sketches at Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in Lund). Sketches for these proposals are set forward as key monuments in the narrative, creating a paradoxical history of dead ends. This historiographic phenomenon is explained as the result of a centre-periphery thinking with Modernism as interpretive matrix, and the article concludes with a plea for a more diversified historiography embracing the heterochrony of time.

AB - Analysing the historiography of early to mid 20th century monumental painting in Sweden, the article argue that this historiography is characterised by a recurring interest of unactualised avant-garde proposals for public art (many of them preserved as sketches at Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in Lund). Sketches for these proposals are set forward as key monuments in the narrative, creating a paradoxical history of dead ends. This historiographic phenomenon is explained as the result of a centre-periphery thinking with Modernism as interpretive matrix, and the article concludes with a plea for a more diversified historiography embracing the heterochrony of time.

KW - historiography

KW - Swedish Art

KW - Mural painting

KW - Public Art

KW - Modernism

KW - Twentieth century

KW - historiography

KW - Public art

KW - monumental painting

KW - Swedish Art History

KW - Skissernas museum

M3 - Article

SP - 1

EP - 21

JO - Journal of Art Historiography

JF - Journal of Art Historiography

SN - 2042-4752

IS - 19

ER -