American Painting of the Nineteenth Century
Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience with a New Preface New ed of 2 Revised ed
Edited by Barbara V. Novak
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American Painting of the Nineteenth Century by Barbara V. Novak
Book DescriptionIn 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 DetailsISBN: 9780195309423
(236mm x 166mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara V. Novak
Voyages of the Self in America, Hardback (February 2007)
Through reading paintings and texts from the same period against each other, the author shows how the meaning of self has influenced and changed through American identity and culture from the late 18th to the 20th century.
American Painting of the Nineteenth Century, Paperback (January 2007)
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.
Nature and Culture, Hardback (November 2006)» View all books by Barbara V. Novak
In this second volume of her trilogy on American art and culture, Novak explains that for fifty extraordinary years, American society bestowed in the idea of Nature its most cherished ideals.
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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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