Breaking Frame: Technology and the Visual Arts in the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

Breaking Frame: Technology and the Visual Arts in the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Julie Wosk
     
 

ISBN-10: 081351925X

ISBN-13: 9780813519258

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In this incisive, abundantly illustrated study, Julie Wosk explores for the first time how the visual arts reflected the explosive psychological impact of the Industrial Revolution on English and American society. Wosk reveals the ways artists and designers responded to the hopes and fears for the first industrial age, and how their work continues to illuminate our

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In this incisive, abundantly illustrated study, Julie Wosk explores for the first time how the visual arts reflected the explosive psychological impact of the Industrial Revolution on English and American society. Wosk reveals the ways artists and designers responded to the hopes and fears for the first industrial age, and how their work continues to illuminate our own visions of technology and culture.

Wosk also reveals the striking ability of artists to capture the drama and the dangers of the new technologies, seen in their images of factories spewing smoke, steam boilers bursting, trains crashing, and comic views of people-turned-automatons. Their art dramatically mirrored widespread feelings of disorientation—the phenomenon sociologists have called "breaking frame."

Wosk demonstrates the startling impact of new technologies on the decorative arts and industrial design. While critics anquished, manufacturers using new materials poured out elaborately ornamented machine-made copies of original works of art. The new simulations spurred dramatic design debates—debates which have resurfaced during our postmodern era. She also highlights how artists' responses to a world newly transformed by technology prefigured the fear and pride, resistance and accommodation to technological achievement, that are still felt over a century later.

     

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813519258
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction1
1The Traumas of Transport in Nineteenth-Century Art30
2Art, Technology, and the Human Image67
3Technology and the Design Debate105
4The Anxiety of Imitation: Electrometallurgy and the Imitative Arts126
5The Struggle for Legitimacy: Cast Iron145
6Classicizing the Machine: Ornamented Steam Engine Frames and the Search for an Industrial Style178
Afterword: Into the Twentieth Century211
Notes223
Index251

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