Nineteenth-century American Art
Oxford History of Art
Painting and sculpture flourished in 19th-century America and saw the rise of self-taught travelling artists and professional artists producing works for a growing number of wealthy patrons. This introduction examines the profession of the artist alongside the reception of their work by 19th-century art audiences. 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, commemorative art, and goes on to examine the ways in which painters responded to major social and economic changes resulting from the rapid change from an agriculturally-based former colony to an industrialized imperial power with an evolving democracy.
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"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