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Thomas Chambers
By Kathleen A. Foster

Thomas Chambers

American Landscape and Marine Painter, 1808-1869

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Thomas Chambers by Kathleen A. Foster

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Labeled as a traveling American folk artist when he was rediscovered in the mid-20th century, the mysterious Thomas Chambers here receives a fresh and creative reassessment. Although his distinctive sea- and landscapes appear in many American collections, little is known about this English-born painter, who arrived in New Orleans in 1832 and disappeared from record in the mid-1860s, leaving many paintings that later resurfaced in rural New York and Massachusetts. In this richly illustrated work, Kathleen A. Foster shows, however, that far from being simply an itinerant painter of folk art, Chambers actually enjoyed a professional, even entrepreneurial, relationship to the art world. Foster performs close studies of Chambers's known works, his stylistic relationship to his brother (English marine painter George Chambers), and a newly discovered American auction record of 1845. Chambers, she argues, provided a popular landscape art for a middle class of mixed cosmopolitan and folk tastes. Bringing "fancy" painting to this new constituency, Chambers worked outside academic circles, drawing astutely from popular culture. In the 20th century, his rediscovery as "America's first modern" paid tribute to his independent spirit and decorative panache.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300141054
ISBN-10: 030014105X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 279mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathleen A. Foster

Kathleen A. Foster is The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is the author of Thomas Eakins Rediscovered and editor of A Drawing Manual by Thomas Eakins, both published by Yale.

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