America: The New World in 19th-Century Painting (Prestel Art)

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This is a survey of American art spannning a whole century, from the close of the 18th century until World War I. Classified by genre, these works demonstrate both the continuity and the breaks in the development of 19th-century American art and question the established art-historical narrative of American painting. In addition to beautiful reproductions of the paintings, ten essays by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic analyse topics ranging from landscape painting, European influences, the relationship between photography and painting , and American painters in Italy, to the art of the post-Civil War era. Illustrated biographies include a portrait and several other works by each artist, a chronology of historical, cultural and social events, maps, and a dictionary of American painting in the 19th century.

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This English-language catalog of Vienna's spring 1999 ?sterreichische Galerie exhibition is an attractive, well-produced survey of American painting from the early 19th century through the Ashcan School. The authors, a variety of well-known American scholars, provide succinct essays grouped around the themes of American identity, painting and its audience, and influence and independence between Europe and America. Though the paintings are generally familiar to American readers, the plates are excellent and the book as a whole transcends its exhibition origin. It would make a worthy update to or replacement for Jules Prown's American Painting: From Its Beginnings to the Armory Show (1970) or Barbara Novak's American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience (1979). Recommended for general readers; the currency and distilled nature of the essays also make this work appropriate for scholars as well.AJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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