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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195305876

ISBN-13: 9780195305876

Pub. Date: 12/21/2006

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195305876
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/21/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

IIntroduction: The Nationalist Garden and the Holy Book3
IIGrand Opera and the Still Small Voice18
IIISound and Silence: Changing Concepts of the Sublime34
IVThe Geological Timetable: Rocks47
VThe Meteorological Vision: Clouds78
VIThe Organic Foreground: Plants101
VIIThe Primal Vision: Expeditions137
VIIIMan's Traces: Axe, Train, Figure157
IXArcady Revisited: Americans in Italy203
XAmerica and Europe: Influence and Affinity226
Notes275
Selected Bibliogrpahy305
List of Illustrations315
Index319

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