Cosmos: From Romanticism to Avant-Garde, 1801-2001

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As European settlers in America explored the strange landscapes of the New World, their artistic vocabulary drew on the painterly traditions of the Old World, in particular the works of John Martin, J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, C.G. Carus, Gustave Courbet, and Gustave Dore Romantic evocations of the sublime were transplanted into scenes of the uninhabited West, as well as into the late 19th-century conquest of the arctic regions, by painters such as F.E. Church, and ...
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1999 Hardcover New Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--398 pp. With 424 ills. (278 col. ). 32 x 25 cm. ISBN 3791320890. In English. "A substantial study of the ... impact of scientific discoveries and explorations on artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries, this catalogue presents excellent illustrations of more than 300 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints and decorative objects that range from panoramic landscapes and images of celestial bodies to Constructivist and Minimalist abstractions, the selection encompassing works by Friedrich, Goya, Turner, Cole, Redon, Balla, Malevich, Ernst, Miro, Calder, Stieglitz, Rothko, Klein, Rauschenberg, Celmins, Hatoum and some 150 other international artists. Fourteen essays include discussions of such topics as the influence of the writings of German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt on Frederic Edwin Church's South American landscapes, the early development of geological photography in the American West, the eff Read more Show Less

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As European settlers in America explored the strange landscapes of the New World, their artistic vocabulary drew on the painterly traditions of the Old World, in particular the works of John Martin, J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, C.G. Carus, Gustave Courbet, and Gustave Dore Romantic evocations of the sublime were transplanted into scenes of the uninhabited West, as well as into the late 19th-century conquest of the arctic regions, by painters such as F.E. Church, and the photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

With contributions by internationally acclaimed historians of art and science, this beautifully illustrated book will be essential reading for students of 19th- and 20th-century art, photography, and architecture, as well as for all those interested in the history of representation in the modern world.

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Suggestive of an old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities, this miscellany of 375 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, books, maps, scientific instruments, astronaut gear, and natural objects (fossils, seashells, and meteorites) are solemnly assembled to explore how science's viscous frontiers have been interpreted by artists in the last two centuries. The ambitious catalog, which accompanies a millennium exhibition in Montreal and Barcelona, is divided into six sprawling sections--all of which might have worked better as more focused separate shows. Combining American manifest destiny with Polar exploration, moonscapes, current interstellar constructs, and imaginary cosmologies will tax even the most science-steeped reader. Works are described in detail, and artists receive short biographies and bibliographies. Overall, an impressive, if audacious and intimidating, tour de force. For large public and academic libraries.--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791320892
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.52 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 15
Preface 17
1 Nature and the Cosmos
From Humboldt to Hubble 20
The Scales of the Universe: From the Finite to the Infinite 44
2 The Promised Land
Heart of the Andes: Humboldt's Cosmos and Frederic Edwin Church 60
Nineteenth-century America: The New Frontiers 68
First Images of Yosemite, First Icons of the American West 80
Geological Views as Social Art: Explorers and Photographers in the American West, 1859-1879 86
3 The Voyage to the Poles
The Artistic Conquest of the Far North 108
Icebergs, Polar Bears and the Aurora Borealis 114
4 Beyond the Earth: The Moon
"Magnificent Desolation": The Moon Photographed 144
5 Imaginary Cosmologies
The New Astronomy and the Expanding Cosmos: The View from France at the End of the Nineteenth Century 168
The Cosmos as Finitude: From Boccioni's Chromogony to Fontana's Spatial Art 180
The Idea of Cosmic Architecture and the Russian Avant-garde of the Early Twentieth Century 194
Cosmic Imaginings, from Symbolism to Abstract Art 218
6 To Infinity and Back
Contemporary Cosmologies 282
List of Exhibited Works 323
List of Figures 348
Biographies of the Artists 351
Select Bibliography 391
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