American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience

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Oxford University Press, 12.01.2007 - 352 Seiten
In this distinguished work, which Hilton Kramer in The New York Times Book Review called "surely the best book ever written on the subject," Barbara Novak illuminates what is essentially American about American art. She highlights not only those aspects that appear indigenously in our art works, but also those features that consistently reappear over time. Novak examines the paintings of Washington Allston, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Fitz H. Lane, William Sidney Mount, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Albert Pinkham Ryder. She draws provocative and original conclusions about the role in American art of spiritualism and mathematics, conceptualism and the object, and Transcendentalism and the fact. She analyzes not only the paintings but nineteenth-century aesthetics as well, achieving a unique synthesis of art and literature. Now available with a new preface and an updated bibliography, this lavishly illustrated volume--featuring more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations and sixteen full-color plates--remains one of the seminal works in American art history.
 

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Copley and the American Tradition
1
CHAPTER 2 An American Romantic Tradition
25
CHAPTER 3 The Dilemma of the Real and the Ideal
41
CHAPTER 4 Hudson River School Solutions
59
CHAPTER 5 An Alternative Tradition
71
CHAPTER 6 A Paradigm of Luminism
89
CHAPTER 7 Haystacks and Light
103
CHAPTER 8 Monumental Genre
115
CHAPTER 12 Even with a Thought
175
CHAPTER 13 Every Object Rightly Seen
185
CHAPTER 14 The Painterly Mode in America
197
The Twentieth Century
217
Notes
239
Brief Biographies of Eighteenth and NineteenthCentury Artists
271
Bibliography
285
Illustration Credits
295

CHAPTER 9 Missouri Classicism
125
CHAPTER 10 Concept and Percept
137
CHAPTER 11 Science and Sight
159

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Barbara Novak is Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Art History Emerita at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the acclaimed author of American Painting of the Nineteenth Century ("surely the best book ever written on the subject"-Hilton Kramer, The New York Times Book Review) and Nature and Culture ("awesomely good"-Anatole Broyard, The New York Times). She has been a Commissioner of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery for the last twenty-five years.

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