While the subtitle of the book the lure of heresy might give the idea that it is the latter it is very much the former for example gay opens up the section on painting and sculpture with a survey of self portraiture by modernist painters which very much dwells in what i would say is gays central idea that modernism was a turning in by . Modernism the lure of heresy is a 2007 book about modernism by peter gay in which the author discusses art forms including literature painting architecture music cinema and sculpture the work was favorably reviewed summary. Modernism and the lure of heresy peter gays authoritative and lively history of the modernists captures their personalities and heretical approach but it fails to place them in their profound historical context. Modernism the lure of heresy rich learned briskly written maddening yet necessary study lee siegel new york times book review peter gay explores the shocking modernist rebellion that beginning in the 1840s transformed art literature music and film. Modernism he argues was propelled by two main impulses the urge to overturn established hierarchies and break rules this is what he means by the lure of heresy and a compulsion to
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