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Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s

Conrads, Margaret C.; Homer, Winslow; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; High Museum of Art

ISBN 10: 0691074305 / ISBN 13: 9780691074306
Published by Princeton Univ Press, 2002
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NEW BOOK / MINT. Softcover 252 pp. with 97 color plates, 58 black-and-white illustrations. "By viewing Homer's works of the 1870's through the lens of contemporaneous criticism, the author explains how and why the painter embodied the critics' high hopes for an art that expressed national values.". Bookseller Inventory # 100065

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Title: Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a ...

Publisher: Princeton Univ Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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Winslow Homer's luminous watercolor seascapes and highly spirited portraits of children and outdoorsmen are some of the most recognizable and cherished works in the history of American art. This catalogue, published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, examines his pictures from the 1870s, the least-studied period of this perennially popular American artist. Debunking the common myth that Homer worked in isolation, Margaret Conrads reveals him as a controversial artist who was an integral part of the dizzying New York art scene of the 1870s. Indeed, Homer was the American artist most frequently discussed by the press at this time--often with simultaneous commendation and vilification.

By viewing Homer's works of the 1870s through the lens of contemporaneous criticism, the author explains how and why the painter embodied the critics' high hopes for an art that expressed national values. She finds reflected in his vivid images an ongoing struggle to meet these expectations, even as he challenged and helped to redefine the artistic conventions governing American aesthetics.

With almost one hundred full-color plates and nearly sixty black-and-white illustrations, this handsome volume is a remarkable record of an important period not only in Winslow Homer's career but also in the fascinating art world of late-nineteenth-century America.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri
February 18-May 6, 2001

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
June 10-September 9, 2001

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
October 6, 2001-January 6, 2002

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"The quality and inherent intellectual worth of this book are unquestionable. It is an extraordinary piece of work that does what few previous studies have been able to do: it shows Homer as an active participant in the critical and commercial art world of New York during the fascinating postbellum period. It is particularly good at chronicling the emergence of watercolor as a serious medium. And its survey of the entirety of the New York art press during more than a decade provides future scholars with the wherewithal to conduct previously undreamed of research into the reception of a wide variety of works of arts in the 1870s."--John Davis, Smith College, author of Landscape of Belief

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