American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I / Edition 1

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In the age of Charles Darwin and John Ruskin, nineteenth-century American artists sought to imitate the truths of nature. Works such as Albert Bierstadt's Lake Lucerne, Frederic Edwin Church's Morning in the Tropics, Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life series, and Asher B. Durand's Forest in the Morning Light are examples of the certainty of vision and faith in the nation's destiny that prevailed during this period of great expansion in America. Winslow Homer's Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), one of nine paintings by the artist in the Gallery's collection, is discussed, as are several works by Thomas Eakins, including The Biglin Brothers Racing, which was inspired by the first pair-oared race in America.

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This is the first of two volumes in the National Gallery's systematic catalogue to be devoted to 19th-century American paintings in the collection (the catalogue is projected to comprise some 30 volumes on the Gallery's paintings, sculpture, and decorative art). It documents works by some of America's most famous artists, including seven by Winslow Homer, ten by Thomas Eakins, seven by Thomas Cole, and three each by Asher B. Durand, Jasper F. Cropsey, John F. Kensett, George Inness, and Childe Hassam. Entries include technical notes, provenance, exhibition history, interpretive narrative, and the results of new research by the scientific research department. Contains 89 color plates and 143 halftones. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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