Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s
ISBN: 0300115237
EAN13: 9780300115239
Language: English
Publication Date: Sep 1, 2006
Pages: 136
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 11.9" L x 9.9" W
Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s

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A sumptuous catalogue that traces the evolution of a uniquely American aesthetic identity

From the 1850s to the 1950s, American art and culture progressed from provincial status to international prominence, and American art transitioned from figurative depictions of the particular to abstract interpretations of universal ideals. This beautiful book chronicles this complex century of maturation through a selection of paintings from the extraordinary collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Coming of Age begins with Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and the Hudson River School landscapes that embody the new nationalism of mid-nineteenth-century America. Their successors, Luminists like Jasper Cropsey and Fitz H. Lane, infused their immediate surroundings with glowing light and crystalline clarity, while contemporary Barbizon-influenced tonalists, such as George Inness, sought to capture the American ethos through an emotional, atmospheric landscape language. In the later 19th century, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Eastman Johnson depicted native subjects through the lens of realism. Childe Hassam and Maurice Prendergast brought Impressionist aesthetics to America, while expatriates including John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler established themselves in European art capitals. In New York, turn-of-the-century Ashcan Read More chevron_right

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