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Author Burns, Sarah

Title American art to 1900 : a documentary history / Sarah Burns and John Davis
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009


Description 1 online resource (1082 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The colonial era : Art in an age of Puritanism -- Dissenting opinions: alternatives to Puritan practice -- Advertisements -- Early responses to portraits -- Pioneering artists -- Taste and theory -- Poems on portraits -- Training and the lure of Europe -- 2. Revolution and early republic : Defining art -- Citizens: documents on portrait painting -- Artistic identity, artistic choices -- The establishment of artistic categories : Landscape ; Still life ; Genre -- Early institutions : Philadelphia ; New York ; Boston -- 3. Antebellum America: values and institutions : Art in a democratic nation -- Building institutions -- Collectors and patrons -- 4. Antebellum America: landscape, life, and spectacle : The American landscape : Literary landscapes ; Romantic nature ; American sites: tourist literature ; Transcendental nature ; Nature, wild and tame -- American life -- Artists of color and the representation of race -- Artists: advice and careers -- 5. Antebellum America: public art and popular art : The U.S. government as patron: decoration of the capitol -- Art in public -- Popular art, edification, and entertainment -- 6. Antebellum America: expanding horizons : International travel and exchange -- Manifest destiny -- Manufacturing history -- Art on and of the frontier : The noble savage/vanishing race ; Western life -- Frederic Church's sublime landscapes : Heart of the Andes -- 7. The 1860's : Taking stock -- Landscape at a crossroads: nature as seen through telescope and microscope -- Civil war -- Race -- Art after conflict -- 8. The gilded age: life and landscape at home : Nationalism and home subjects -- Modes of realism -- Race and representation -- Landscapes: east and west : The old northeast ; The new west -- 9. The gilded age: art worlds and art markets : Art on the market -- Studio life and art society -- 10. The gilded age: education, institutions, and exhibitions : Education : Boston ; Chicago ; New York ; Philadelphia ; San Francisco -- Art institutions -- The Philadelphia centennial and the colonial revival -- 11. Cosmopolitan dialogues : Internationalism -- Art education : Germany ; France -- The nude ; Arch-expatriates -- New women in art -- 12. New media, new tastemakers, new masses : Critical voices -- The little media : Watercolor ; Pastel ; Etching ; Wood engraving -- Popular art and its critique -- In the magazines: the new illustrators -- Amateur or artist?: Debates on photography -- 13. Beauty, vision and modernity : The aesthetic movement -- Impressionism: critical reception -- Impressionism: American practices -- Impressionism: eclectic practices -- Art colonies -- Beyond the threshold: visionaries and dreamers -- 14. Imperial America : The world's Columbian Exposition -- Mural painting -- Public sculpture -- Retrospectives and prospects
Summary From the simple assertion that "words matter" in the study of visual art, this comprehensive but eminently readable volume gathers an extraordinary selection of words--painters and sculptors writing in their diaries, critics responding to a sensational exhibition, groups of artists issuing stylistic manifestos, and poets reflecting on particular works of art. Along with a broad array of canonical texts, Sarah Burns and John Davis have assembled an astonishing variety of unknown, little known, or undervalued documents to convey the story of American art through the many voices of its contemporary practitioners, consumers, and commentators. American Art to 1900 highlights such critically important themes as women artists, African American representation and expression, regional and itinerant artists, Native Americans and the frontier, popular culture and vernacular imagery, institutional history, and more. With its hundreds of explanatory headnotes providing essential context and guidance to readers, this book reveals the documentary riches of American art and its many intersecting histories in unprecedented breadth, depth, and detail
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Art, American -- Sources
ART -- American -- General.
Art, American
Beeldende kunsten.
Amerikansk konst -- historia -- källor.
Verenigde Staten.
Genre/Form Sources
Form Electronic book
Author Davis, John, 1961 September 24-
ISBN 9780520943827