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Nature and Culture : American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875

Nature and Culture : American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195305876

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ISBN13: 978-0195305876
ISBN10: 0195305876
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 07
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2007
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Nature and Culture : American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 - 3RD 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195305876

Barbara Novak

ISBN13: 978-0195305876
ISBN10: 0195305876
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 07
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

In this richly illustrated volume, featuring more than fifty black-and-white illustrations and a beautiful eight-page color insert, Barbara Novak describes how for fifty extraordinary years, American society drew from the idea of Nature its most cherished ideals. Between 1825 and 1875, all kinds of Americans--artists, writers, scientists, as well as everyday citizens--believed that God in Nature could resolve human contradictions, and that nature itself confirmed the American destiny. Using diaries and letters of the artists as well as quotes from literary texts, journals, and periodicals, Novak illuminates the range of ideas projected onto the American landscape by painters such as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand, Fitz H. Lane, and Martin J. Heade, and writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Frederich Wilhelm von Schelling.

Now with a new preface, this spectacular volume captures a vast cultural panorama. It beautifully demonstrates how the idea of nature served, not only as a vehicle for artistic creation, but as its ideal form.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction: The Nationalist Garden and the Holy Book
II. Grand Opera and the Still Small Voice
III. Sound and Silence: Changing Concepts of the Sublime
IV. The Geological Timetable: Rocks
V. The Meteorological Vision: Clouds
VI. The Organic Foreground: Plants
VII. The Primal Vision: Expeditions
VIII. Man's Traces: Axe, Train, Figure
IX. Arcady Revisited: Americans in Italy
X. America and Europe: Influence and Affinity

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