Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America / Edition 1

Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America / Edition 1

by Sarah Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300078595

ISBN-13: 9780300078596

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

Sarah Burns tells the story of artists in American society during a period of critical transition from Victorian to modern values, examining how culture shaped the artists and how artists shaped their culture. Focusing on such important painters as James McNeill Whistler, William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux, Winslow Homer, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, she investigates…  See more details below

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Sarah Burns tells the story of artists in American society during a period of critical transition from Victorian to modern values, examining how culture shaped the artists and how artists shaped their culture. Focusing on such important painters as James McNeill Whistler, William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux, Winslow Homer, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, she investigates how artists reacted to the growing power of the media, to an expanding consumer society, to the need for a specifically American artist type, and to the problem of gender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300078596
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Templates for Modernity
Pt. 1The Traffic in Images
1Finding the "Real" American Artist19
2The Artist in the Age of Surfaces: The Culture of Display and the Taint of Trade46
Pt. 2Sickness and Health
3Fighting Infection: Aestheticism, Degeneration, and the Regulation of Artistic Masculinity79
4Painting as Rest Cure120
Pt. 3Gender on the Market
5Outselling the Feminine159
6Being Big: Winslow Homer and the American Business Spirit187
Pt. 4The Artist in the Realm of Spectacle
7Performing the Self221
8Performing Bohemia247
Pt. 5Oculus Populi
9Dabble, Daub, and Dauber: Cartoons and Artistic Identity277
10Populist versus Plutocratic Aesthetics300
Notes329
Index373

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