At Home: The Domestic Interior in Art

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Paintings by more than 100 artists from the past four centuries celebrate the home and domestic life.

No genre in the history of art has such immediate, and such lasting, popular appeal as the domestic interior, shown here in more than 150 paintings. And yet behind these evocative scenes lies an important reassessment. The domestic interior has had a hidden life in the history of art, and Frances Borzello, in a delightfully written text, shows why it has misleadingly been neglected as a category in art.

The story starts with the interiors of the Dutch artists of the seventeenth century and takes in a long period in which the interior was frowned upon or ignored by the rules of artistic propriety. During the nineteenth century social and economic change encouraged new concentration on depicting the home environment, culminating in the interior's greatest golden age in the late nineteenth century. The evolution of the genre in our own time challenges conventional wisdom that domesticity was the enemy of the avant-garde.

The book includes reproductions of ravishing works by more than 100 artists, from Maes and Vermeer to Sargent, Bonnard, and Cassatt to Hopper and Tanning. 160 color illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500238318
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Borzello is the author of Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits and A World of Our Own. She lives in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    Home Interiors - a wonderful collection

    The author has discovered that there is no such category as the domestic interior in art. Landscape ,yes. Portraiture, yes. Seascapes , yes. Among all the categories listed in dictionaries and histories of art, there is no such thing as the domestic interior.At the end of the nineteenth century something called 'intimism' appears with Bonnard and Vuillard, but that is the closest to naming the domestic interior as an art historical category. What Borzello has found is that Bonnard and Vuillard are just the tip of the iceberg and though they are the most famous, there are lots of other painters who turn to the home for their imagery around 1900. It's an interesting theory. Fabulous pictures as well.

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