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Description - The Body of Raphaelle Peale by Alexander Nemerov

The American painter Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825) left a legacy of vibrantly beautiful still lifes depicting objects such as fruit, vegetables, and meat. In this lively and literate study, the first booklength exploration of the artist, Alexander Nemerov presents a radical new reading of these paintings focusing on the uncanny quality of Raphaelle's still-life objects. Nemerov argues that the physical presence of these objects is not strictly their own but that of the artist's body. This imagery of embodiment, Nemerov argues, relates deeply to Raphaelle's own time. The Body of Raphaelle Peale focuses on not just Raphaelle's paintings but also the visual and intellectual culture of early-nineteenth-century Philadelphia, to which these works intimately relate. More broadly, the book presents a reading of romanticism in the American visual arts. Above all, it is an argument about selfhood in Raphaelle's era. Raphaelle's focus - in paintings both playful and morbid - was the pleasures and horrors of being a mere body, of being less than a self. Nemerov's primary source of evidence in this study is Raphaelle's art itself. After considering its theoretical and historical implications, he returns to the images, deftly guiding us to a fresh understanding of these remarkable paintings. Nemerov's formal analysis is infused with a sophisticated awareness of interdisciplinary issues, and he gracefully balances the formal, the theoretical, and the historical throughout his narrative. This beautifully illustrated study is sure to stimulate renewed appreciation of an exceptional American artist.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520224988
ISBN-10: 0520224981
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 203mm x 26mm)
Pages: 274
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alexander Nemerov

Alexander Nemerov is Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and the author of Frederic Remington and Turn-of-the-Century America (1995).

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