American Painting of the Nineteenth Century by Barbara V. Novak
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American Painting of the Nineteenth Century
By Barbara V. Novak

American Painting of the Nineteenth Century

Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience with a New Preface New ed of 2 Revised ed

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American Painting of the Nineteenth Century by Barbara V. Novak

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195309423
ISBN-10: 0195309421
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 166mm x 24mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Illuminates what is essentially American about American art. The author highlights not only those aspects that appear indigenously in American art works, but also those features that consistently reappear. She also examines the paintings of Washington Allston, Thomas Cole, Asher B Durand, Fitz H Lane, William Sidney Mount, among others.

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Author Biography - Barbara V. Novak

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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