Enchanted Lives, Enchanted Objects: American Women Collectors and the Making of Culture, 1800-1940 / Edition 1

Enchanted Lives, Enchanted Objects: American Women Collectors and the Making of Culture, 1800-1940 / Edition 1

by Dianne Sachko Macleod
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520237293

ISBN-13: 9780520237292

Pub. Date: 09/16/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

This insightful and beautifully illustrated book offers the first feminist analysis of the phenomenon of women art collectors in America. Dianne Sachko Macleod brings a surprising paradox to light, showing that collecting, which provided wealthy women with a private sense of solace, also liberated them to venture into the public sphere and make a lasting

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This insightful and beautifully illustrated book offers the first feminist analysis of the phenomenon of women art collectors in America. Dianne Sachko Macleod brings a surprising paradox to light, showing that collecting, which provided wealthy women with a private sense of solace, also liberated them to venture into the public sphere and make a lasting contribution to the emerging American culture. Beginning in the antebellum period, continuing through the Gilded Age, and reaching well into the twentieth century, Macleod shows how elite women enlisted the objets d'art and avant-garde paintings in their collections in causes ranging from the founding of modern museums to the campaign for women's suffrage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520237292
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Women Art Collectors 1

1 The Politics of Cultural Space in Antebellum America 21

2 A Conspiracy of Silence 45

3 Art and Activism 93

4 The Gendering of the Modern Museum 134

5 The Sexing of Taste 176

Epilogue: Modernist Nostalgia 206

Notes 223

List of Illustrations 285

Index 293

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