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

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

Overview

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 VII
Introduction: Templates for Modernity 1(18)
PART ONE The Traffic in Images 19(60)
1 Finding the "Real" American Artist
19(27)
2 The Artist in the Age of Surfaces: The Culture of Display and the Taint of Trade
46(33)
PART TWO Sickness and Health 79(80)
3 Fighting Infection: Aestheticism, Degeneration, and the Regulation of Artistic Masculinity
79(41)
4 Painting as Rest Cure
120(39)
PART THREE Gender on the Market 159(62)
5 Outselling the Feminine
159(28)
6 Being Big: Winslow Homer and the American Business Spirit
187(34)
PART FOUR The Artist in the Realm of Spectacle 221(56)
7 Performing the Self
221(26)
8 Performing Bohemia
247(30)
PART FIVE Oculus Populi 277(52)
9 Dabble, Daub, and Dauber: Cartoons and Artistic Identity
277(23)
10 Populist versus Plutocratic Aesthetics
300(29)
Notes 329(44)
Index 373

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