Misere: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century

Misere: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century

by Linda Nochlin


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An incisive new piece of scholarship from renowned art historian Linda Nochlin tackling the concept of “misere,” or social misery, as it was reflected in the work of writers, artists, and philosophers in the nineteenth century

In Misere, famed art historian Linda Nochlin reveals how, in the new form of civilization produced by the Industrial Revolution, in which the phenomenal growth of wealth occurred alongside an expansion of squalor, writers and artists of the nineteenth century used their craft to come to terms with what were often new and unprecedented social, material, and psychological circumstances.

Nochlin charts the phenomenon of misery as it was represented in the popular and fine arts of the nineteenth century. Examining work by some of the great intellects of the era—including Dickens, Carlyle, Engels, Hugo, Buret, Disraeli, and de Tocqueville—as well as relative unknowns who were searching for ways to depict new realities, Nochlin draws from a range of sources that include paintings, prints, newspaper illustrations, photography, and a variety of texts: from the account of a day in the life of an eight- year- old mine worker girl to the foundational texts of the field such as Friedrich Engels’s The Condition of the Working Class in England.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500239698
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Linda Nochlin was the Lila Acheson Wallace professor of modern art emerita at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her publications include The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as a Metaphor of Modernity; Women, Art and Power and Other Essays; The Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Art and Society; Courbet; Misère: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century; and Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader. Her essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” is considered one of the most in influential texts in modern art history.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Misère: The Irish Paradigm 27

2 The Gender of Misery 61

3 Géricault, Goya and the Representation of Misery 81

4 Representing Misery: Courbet's Beggar Woman 115

5 Fernand Pelez: Master of Miserable Old Men 137

Conclusion 159

Notes 164

Acknowledgments 170

Picture Credits 171

Index 174

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