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America : the New World in 19th-century painting
Koja, Stephan.
Publication Information:
Munich ; New York : Prestel, [1999]

Physical Description:
296 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Mar. 17-June 20, 1999.
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ND210 .A724 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A specifically American form of art emerged in the 19th century. This is reflected in this selection of paintings by 30 artists .

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

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.ÄJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This exceptionally interesting approach to 19th-century American painting, which covers new and enticing ground, includes relevant work from the late 18th century and the first two decades of the 20th. Rejecting the chronic and chronological survey, 12 authors of individual essays discuss ideals and history of the American century of painting from a European perspective, both introducing the topic and sparkling with scholarly understanding. The subjects of audience, democratic practice and theory, identity, dependence on European training and influence, and the national need to document a uniquely American experience are intriguing but not entirely new. The contributors, however, provide new insights to these discussions. Moreover, any student interested in this American art will learn new things; for example, from essays that examine the history of American art history in the 19th century, connections between painting and photography, and the national dependence on the artistic communities of Britain, Italy, Germany, and France. This very well written book has excellent maps, well-developed artist biographies, glossary, a useful historical time line, and more than 300 illustrations (the majority in color) faithfully and handsomely reproduced. It is approachable enough for a college freshman and vibrant enough for the postgraduate scholar. Every library should purchase a copy. All levels. R. M. Labuz; Mohawk Valley Community College