Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 / Edition 3by Barbara Novak
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 Americansartists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday
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 Americansartists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday citizensbelieved 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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Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition ix
Preface to the Previous Edition xi
Preface to the Original Edition xxv
Introduction: The Nationalist Garden and the Holy Book 3
Grand Opera and the Still Small Voice 15
Sound and Silence: Changing Concepts of the Sublime 29
The Geological Timetable: Rocks 41
The Meteorological Vision: Clouds 71
The Organic Foreground: Plants 89
The Primal Vision: Expeditions 119
Man's Traces: Axe, Train, Figure 135
Arcady Revisited: Americans in Italy 173
America and Europe: Influence and Affinity 195
Selected Bibliography 265
Illustration Credits 275
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