Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 / Edition 3by Barbara Novak
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 Americansartists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday… See more details below
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 Americansartists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday citizensbelieved 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
- Oxford University Press, USA
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- Revised Edition
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- 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Table of Contents
|I||Introduction: The Nationalist Garden and the Holy Book||3|
|II||Grand Opera and the Still Small Voice||18|
|III||Sound and Silence: Changing Concepts of the Sublime||34|
|IV||The Geological Timetable: Rocks||47|
|V||The Meteorological Vision: Clouds||78|
|VI||The Organic Foreground: Plants||101|
|VII||The Primal Vision: Expeditions||137|
|VIII||Man's Traces: Axe, Train, Figure||157|
|IX||Arcady Revisited: Americans in Italy||203|
|X||America and Europe: Influence and Affinity||226|
|List of Illustrations||315|
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