Nineteenth-Century American Art

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"Painting and sculpture flourished in the United States during the nineteenth century, a period which saw the evolution of democracy and the transformation of the new nation into an industrialized, imperial power. This new introduction focuses on important themes such as portraiture, history painting, and the American West to reveal the social and cultural implications of nineteenth-century art." Many well-known artists, including Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer, and lesser-known artists like Harriet Hosmer are closely examined, as is the art
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Overview

"Painting and sculpture flourished in the United States during the nineteenth century, a period which saw the evolution of democracy and the transformation of the new nation into an industrialized, imperial power. This new introduction focuses on important themes such as portraiture, history painting, and the American West to reveal the social and cultural implications of nineteenth-century art." Many well-known artists, including Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer, and lesser-known artists like Harriet Hosmer are closely examined, as is the art world of the time. In addition to discussing the free movement of American visual culture between 'high' and 'low', Barbara Groseclose interweaves nineteenth-century art criticism with current art history, to create a fascinating insight into the changing interpretations of American art of this period.
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"This latest addition to the Oxford 'History of Art' series is no less a gem than most of its predecessors. Groseclose...presents an intelligent and penetrating survey of 19th-century American art that not only imparts an understanding of the major aspects but also questions the historical interpretation of American artistic intent and result....Lavishly illustrated and solidly packed, the work contains a further reading list as well as a selection of pertinent art collections and web sites. The result is a wonderfully intelligent yet concise survey that challenges readers with fresh scholarship and new interpretations of familiar themes; for public, academic, and fine art libraries."--Library Journal

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This latest addition to the Oxford "History of Art" series is no less a gem than most of its predecessors. Groseclose (art history, Ohio State Univ.) presents an intelligent and penetrating survey of 19th-century American art that not only imparts an understanding of the major aspects but also questions the historical interpretations of American artistic intent and result. Major and lesser-known artists are presented under a thematic arrangement that examines portraiture, landscape painting, the American West, democracy, and commemorative art. Throughout, Groseclose places the art and artists firmly in the larger context of a politically and economically tumultuous America with a changing visual culture. Lavishly illustrated and solidly packed, the work contains a further reading list as well as a selection of pertinent art collections and web sites. The result is a wonderfully intelligent yet concise survey that challenges readers with fresh scholarship and new interpretations of familiar themes; for public, academic, and fine art libraries. Kraig Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192842824
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of Art History at Ohio State University, Barbara Groseclose writes about eighteenth and nineteenth-century art and literature; her most recent book is British Sculpture and the Company Raj: Church Monuments and Public Statuary in Madras, Calcutta, and Bombay to 1858 (1995). In 1994 she was appointed a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Utrecht.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Profession of the Artist; 2. Portraiture; 3. Typologies of Democracy: the early Nineteenth Century; 4. Democracy at Work: the later Nineteenth Century; 5. Landscape; 6. The American West; . Commemorative Art: Memory and Myth; Bibliographical Essay; Timeline; Index.

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