This survey explores the history of nineteenth-century European art and visual culture. Focusing primarily on painting and sculpture, it places these two art forms within the larger context of visual culture–including photography, graphic design, architecture, and decorative arts. In turn, all are treated within a broad historical framework to show the connections between visual cultural production and the political, social, and economic order of the time. Topics covered include The Classical Paradigm, Art and Revolutionary Propaganda In France, The Arts under Napoleon and Francisco Goya and Spanish Art at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century. For art enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to learn more about Art History.
This is the story, in pictures and words, of the art of Europe when talent and time converged to create an explosive and enduring mix as intense as the century in which it unfolded. Chu (art history, Seton Hall Univ.; French Realism and the Dutch Masters) superbly conveys the interconnectedness of art, history, culture, society, and politics in easy-to-digest fashion. A broad selection of issues and artists-including such luminaries as Goya, Delacroix, Ruskin, and Caspar David Friedrich-are brought together and accorded a commonality that transcends their styles and sentiments. Chu approaches Europe's century of unprecedented social and political change in 20 chronologically arranged chapters, taking readers from the emergence of Rococo to the Paris Exposition of 1900. The lives of individual artists are seamlessly incorporated into the broader intellectual and artistic stage. With more than 500 illustrations (200 in color) and sidebars focusing on specific topics, the volume is well assembled, eloquently written, and deeply engaging. This era is already well covered, but this new volume is among the best single-volume resources. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
I bought this book for an art history course in college. It explores the history of art throughout the 1800s and provides pictures of the major works of the time. I found it to be very interesting and informative. Although some of the dates inside are debatable, my teacher claimed this book, out of the many others she has read, was the most accurate and unbiased. I would recommend this book to anyone from the experienced art critic to the amateur observer. The language is clear and easy to understand. The topics are interesting and the author provides the settings and backgrounds required for their clear comprehension. The images in this book provide an impressive amount of detail and vivid in color. Overall a worthy buy.
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