Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 With a New Preface
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Adding a rich new dimension to the discussion of nature's influence in America, Novak explains how religion, philosophy, science, and literature served as the support system for the idea of God in Nature. She shows that the idea of nature as a national vested interest was invaluable to a young expanding nation, but ultimately this essentially monolithic view collapsed from within, undermined by the Civil War, Darwinism, and a burgeoning technological landscape. Taking American landscape painting in its golden era as a product of society, she examines the cultural background of paintings as an index to their intrinsic meaning. She explains, for example, how new discoveries in science were made consonant with Deity, how religion itself permeated nature with the idea of Creation, and how the landscape artists were given the task of providing the images of nature that became the national iconography. Novak goes on to demonstrate how American landscapists, handling rocks, clouds, plants, and other natural elements, paralleled and diverged from scientific developments, and also how the artists who accompanied explorers on their westward expeditions related to their scientific colleagues.
Now with a new preface, this incisive volume encompasses a vast cultural panorama. It beautifully demonstrates how the influence of the nature served, not only as a vehicle for artistic creation, but as its ideal form.
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About the Author:
Barbara Novak is Altschul Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University and the author of numerous books on American art and culture, including American Painting in the Nineteenth Century.
Titel: Nature and Culture: American Landscape and ...
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Einband: Soft cover
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