American Views: Essays on American Art

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A leading figure in American art scholarship, John Wilmerding has been instrumental in the acceptance of American painting as a special area of art history, and has brought many eighteenth-and nineteenth-century American artists to public attention. American Views is a richly illustrated anthology of his work.


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George Bellows's assertive boxing pictures, John F. Peto's obsessive imagery of Abraham Lincoln, George Caleb Bingham's folksy scenes of mid-19th-century America and Winslow Homer's elemental seascapes all seem to hint that American art has a national character, the stated theme of these erudite essays. Yet Princeton art professor Wilmerding only fitfully pursues that connective thread. Twelve of these 19 essays are from exhibition catalogues, others appeared in scholarly or popular magazines. Completely at home with his material, Wilmerding underscores the poignant magic of Thomas Eakins's late portrait, finds parallels between luminism and the imagery of Hawthorne, Thoreau and Emerson, and looks at ship painter Fitz Hugh Lane, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and such artists as Albert P. Ryder, Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. With 224 halftones and 29 color plates, this handsome volume will interest connoisseurs and general art lovers.
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American painters of the 18th and 19th centuries gave their viewers introspective and objective, aesthetic and historic images of inspiration and aspiration. This collection of essays, written over the past two decades for a variety of publications, considers overall themes and places as well as individual artists and specific works. It is also a guidebook, presented with insight and enthusiasm, to the evolving methodology of American art history. From Cole to Bellows, Mount Desert Island to Boston Harbor, the views are as vital and expressive as the images they examine. Since many of these essays are no longer in print, this collection is highly recommended for all art libraries and large general collections.
- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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