Description - Nationalism and the Nordic Imagination by Michelle Facos
This illustrated text is an introduction to the manifestation of Modernism which came out of fin-de-siecle Sweden. Michelle Facos presents an examination of the movement known as Swedish National Romanticism, focusing particularly on how the movement's primitive tendencies were related to, but different from, similar cultural forces in Germany and other parts of Europe at that time. Facos shows how a small group of Swedish artists espoused a politically progressive, culturally conservative form of nationalism. These artists - among them Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors and Hanna Hirsch Pauli - produced a specifically national Swedish art by focusing on indigenous history, legends and folk tales, as well as uniquely Swedish-Nordic values, geography and ethnography. Their images of the Nordic landscape shaped a communal "folk" identity which accented regionalism, solidarity and attachment to the past, and protested against the perceived dangers of capitalist industrialism and urban expansion. By 1900, Sweden was on its way to realizing a society of social, economic and political equality and the National Romantic painters were no longer renegades.
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(254mm x 178mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Michelle Facos
Michelle Facos is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Henry Radson Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University.