The Railway: Art in the Age of Steam

Overview

Steam locomotives gripped the imagination when they first appeared in 19th-century Europe and America. Aboard these great machines, passengers traveled at faster speeds than ever before while watching the scenery transform itself and take on new forms. Common notions of time and space were forever changed.

Through vivid illustrations and engaging texts, The Railway: Art in the Age of Steam captures both the fear and excitement of early train travel as it probes the artistic ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (32) from $16.40   
  • New (14) from $39.95   
  • Used (18) from $16.40   
Sending request ...

Overview

Steam locomotives gripped the imagination when they first appeared in 19th-century Europe and America. Aboard these great machines, passengers traveled at faster speeds than ever before while watching the scenery transform itself and take on new forms. Common notions of time and space were forever changed.

Through vivid illustrations and engaging texts, The Railway: Art in the Age of Steam captures both the fear and excitement of early train travel as it probes the artistic response to steam locomotion within its social setting. Featuring paintings, photography, prints, and posters, the book includes numerous masterpieces by 19th- and 20th-century artists, including J. M. W. Turner, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Charles Sheeler, and Edward Hopper.

With its wide variety of themes—landscape painting, the conquest of the West, Impressionism, issues of social class, Modernism, the aesthetics of the machine, and environmental concerns—this work promises an exhilarating journey for both train and art enthusiasts and for anyone interested in one of the industrial age’s defining achievements.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The Greenwich Times - John Linsenmeyer
"For anyone who likes trains or historical painting and photography, this book is a winner."—John Linsenmeyer, The Greenwich Times
Antiques - Barrymore Laurence Scherer
"Beautiful. . . . [This] is not just a fine museum catalogue, but a truly comprehensive study of the impact of railways on society as recorded by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century painters and photographers."—Barrymore Laurence Scherer, Antiques
Art & Antiques - Sheila Gibson Stoodley
"The Railway captures the excitement, awe and dread that locomotives inspired in their heyday, among artists as well as the general public. . . . It should satisfy rabid trainspotters and art lovers alike."—Sheila Gibson Stoodley, Art & Antiques
Kansas City Star
"This book's range, quality and craftsmanship astonished me. I'm not alone in my fascination with rails and engines, but even if you have only a casual interest, I defy you to be nonchalant about the contents."—Kansas City Star
Choice

"This . . . catalogue presents an impressive range of mostly European and American images . . . of steam locomotives, track, bridges, and passengers. . . . essays . . . offer perceptive analysis and helpful background. . . . Over 200 excellent illustrations enhance this superb overview of a fascinating subject . . ."—Choice
Winterthur Portfolio - Kenneth John Myers
"Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated. . . . Kennedy and Treuherz have collected an impressively broad range of images."—Kenneth John Myers, Winterthur Portfolio
Choice
"This . . . catalogue presents an impressive range of mostly European and American images . . . of steam locomotives, track, bridges, and passengers. . . . essays . . . offer perceptive analysis and helpful background. . . . Over 200 excellent illustrations enhance this superb overview of a fascinating subject . . ."—Choice
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300138788
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,450,480
  • Product dimensions: 12.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Kennedy is Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Curator, European Painting and Sculpture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Julian Treuherz was formerly Keeper of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool. Matthew Beaumont is Lecturer in 19th-Century English and American Literature at University College London. Michael Freeman is Supernumerary Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Directors' Foreword David Fleming Fleming, David Marc F. Wilson Wilson, Marc F. 12

Acknowledgements 14

Lenders to the Exhibition 17

Notes to the Reader 18

The Railway Age: An Introduction Michael Freeman Freeman, Michael 21

The Railway and Literature: Realism and the Phantasmagoric Matthew Beaumont Beaumont, Matthew 35

The Formative Years in Europe Ian Kennedy Kennedy, Ian 45

The Human Drama of the Railway Julian Treuherz Treuherz, Julian 83

Crossing Continents: America and Beyond Ian Kennedy Kennedy, Ian 119

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Ian Kennedy Kennedy, Ian 155

States of Mind Julian Treuherz Treuherz, Julian 187

The Machine Age Julian Treuherz Treuherz, Julian Ian Kennedy Kennedy, Ian 221

Checklist of the Exhibition 259

Timeline 272

Bibliography 274

Index 280

Image Credits 287

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)