Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 / Edition 3

Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 / Edition 3

by Barbara Novak
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195305868

ISBN-13: 9780195305869

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this richly illustrated volume, featuring more than fifty black-and-white illustrations and a beautiful eight-page color insert, Barbara Novak describes how for fifty extraordinary years, American society drew from the idea of Nature its most cherished ideals. Between 1825 and 1875, all kinds of Americans—artists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday

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In this richly illustrated volume, featuring more than fifty black-and-white illustrations and a beautiful eight-page color insert, Barbara Novak describes how for fifty extraordinary years, American society drew from the idea of Nature its most cherished ideals. Between 1825 and 1875, all kinds of Americans—artists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday citizens—believed that God in Nature could resolve human contradictions, and that nature itself confirmed the American destiny. Using diaries and letters of the artists as well as quotes from literary texts, journals, and periodicals, Novak illuminates the range of ideas projected onto the American landscape by painters such as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand, Fitz H. Lane, and Martin J. Heade, and writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Frederich Wilhelm von Schelling.
Now with a new preface, this spectacular volume captures a vast cultural panorama. It beautifully demonstrates how the idea of nature served, not only as a vehicle for artistic creation, but as its ideal form.

"An impressive achievement."
—Barbara Rose, The New York Times Book Review

"An admirable blend of ambition, elan, and hard research. Not just an art book, it bears on some of the deepest fantasies of American culture as a whole."
—Robert Hughes, Time Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195305869
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the New Edition     ix
Preface to the Previous Edition     xi
Preface to the Original Edition     xxv
Acknowledgments     xxvii
Part 1
Introduction: The Nationalist Garden and the Holy Book     3
Grand Opera and the Still Small Voice     15
Sound and Silence: Changing Concepts of the Sublime     29
Part 2
The Geological Timetable: Rocks     41
The Meteorological Vision: Clouds     71
The Organic Foreground: Plants     89
Part 3
The Primal Vision: Expeditions     119
Man's Traces: Axe, Train, Figure     135
Part 4
Arcady Revisited: Americans in Italy     173
America and Europe: Influence and Affinity     195
Notes     233
Selected Bibliography     265
Illustration Credits     275
Index 281

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