Synopses & Reviews
This innovative introduction examines the profession of the nineteenth-century American artist and audience reception of their work. Works of art by familiar names such as Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer are discussed in detail within the larger arena of visual culture, as are key works by recently discovered artists such as Harriet Hosmer. The thematic approach focuses on portraiture, landscape painting, the American West, and commemorative art, then goes on to examine the ways in which painters responded to major social and economic changes resulting from the rapid transformation from an agriculturally-based former colony to an industrialized imperial power with an evolving democracy.
"This latest addition to the Oxford 'History of Art' series is no less a gem than most of its predecessors. Groseclose...presents an intelligent and penetrating survey of 19th-century American art that not only imparts an understanding of the major aspects but also questions the historical interpretation of American artistic intent and result....Lavishly illustrated and solidly packed, the work contains a further reading list as well as a selection of pertinent art collections and web sites. The result is a wonderfully intelligent yet concise survey that challenges readers with fresh scholarship and new interpretations of familiar themes; for public, academic, and fine art libraries."--Library Journal
About the Author
Professor of Art History at Ohio State University, Barbara Groseclose writes about eighteenth and nineteenth-century art and literature; her most recent book is British Sculpture and the Company Raj: Church Monuments and Public Statuary in Madras, Calcutta, and Bombay to 1858
(1995). In 1994 she was appointed a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Utrecht.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The Profession of the Artist; 2. Portraiture; 3. Typologies of Democracy: the early Nineteenth Century; 4. Democracy at Work: the later Nineteenth Century; 5. Landscape; 6. The American West; . Commemorative Art: Memory and Myth; Bibliographical Essay; Timeline; Index.