At Home and Abroad: The Transcendental Landscapes of Christopher Pearce Cranch (1813-1892)

At Home and Abroad: The Transcendental Landscapes of Christopher Pearce Cranch (1813-1892)

by Nancy Stula, David M. Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1878541102

ISBN-13: 9781878541109

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Despite a fifty-year career as a landscape painter, Christopher Cranch’s paintings are little known. Instead, he is best known for his poetry, his ties to the New England Transcendentalists, and, above all, his playful caricature of Ralph Waldo Emerson as an enormous “transparent” eyeball, perched atop a minuscule body in top hat and tails, optic

Overview

Despite a fifty-year career as a landscape painter, Christopher Cranch’s paintings are little known. Instead, he is best known for his poetry, his ties to the New England Transcendentalists, and, above all, his playful caricature of Ralph Waldo Emerson as an enormous “transparent” eyeball, perched atop a minuscule body in top hat and tails, optic nerve tied in a ponytail. From his first reading of Emerson’s Nature essay (1836), Cranch was inspired to explore Transcendental concepts through visual means; although ultimately it was painting, not caricature, that provided the ideal vehicle for him. Transcribing nature onto canvas became an act of devotion. Like Thoreau writing of the daily trials of life on Walden Pond, Cranch also attempted, in his landscapes, to express the correspondence between nature and spiritual concepts. His brand of Transcendentalism bypasses the quiet,“transparent” aspect to celebrate a nature that is filled with the flux and continual shifting that Emerson and Thoreau also celebrated in their writings. C. P. Cranch was intimate with some of the most innovative thinkers in America and counted among his friends Margaret Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George William Curtis, and James Russell Lowell. This study considers Cranch not only as a Hudson River School artist, but also as a participant in the history of ideas, a multifaceted individual who merged intellectual and artistic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878541109
Publisher:
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
866,728
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition
Acknowledgements
Director’s Foreword
Sponsor Statements
Foreword – Barbara Novak
Transcendentalism: The Path from Preaching to Painting – Nancy Stula
Christopher Pearse Cranch and the New England Transcendentalists – David M. Robinson
“Like A Great Picture Always Before Us”: Christopher Pearse Cranch and Italy – Nancy Stula
At Home and Abroad: Cranch and American Landscape Painting – Nancy Stula
Appendix: Exhibition Record
Chronology
Checklist of the Exhibition
Selected Bibliography

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