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Nineteenth Century Art

A Critical History (Fourth edition)

Stephen F. Eisenman, Thomas Crow, Brian Lukacher, Linda Nochlin, David Llewellyn Phillips, Frances K. Pohl


'One of the most engrossing and stimulating art history texts to come along for years' The Times Higher Education Supplement


In the arenas of art and representation, the nineteenth century was a time of questioning, experimentation, discovery and modernization. Artists and designers challenged, as never before, prevailing definitions of art and social order.

Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History embraces many aspects of the so-called ‘new’ art history – attention to issues of class and gender, reception and spectatorship, racism and Eurocentrism, popular and élite culture, the question of the canon – while at the same time recovering the remarkable vitality, salience and subversiveness of the era’s best art.

This edition includes five revised chapters, comprising ‘Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier’, ‘Black and White in America’, ‘Architecture and Design in the Age of Industry’ and ‘Manet and the Impressionists’, together with a substantially expanded chapter on ‘Photography, Modernity, and Art’. With 233 illustrations now in colour, including over a dozen brand-new images, this rich and diverse volume will interest students, specialists and anyone fascinated by this dynamic period.

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'Essential reading...[it] will help to re-define the shifting boundaries of the art-historical survey'

'We emerge from the book with our appreciation of its visual subject matter immeasurably enriched'
London Review of Books

'It should be compulsory reading'
Art Book Review Quarterly

'Relevant, instructive and exhaustive … combines essential facts, useful examples, accurate case studies for newcomers and advanced readers. … For university and public libraries, these two books are essential'

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Further Details


Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fourth edition

Size: 27.0 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 500 pp

Illustrations: 510

Publication date: 4 July 2011

ISBN: 9780500289242

Contents List

Introduction: Critical Art and History Classicism and Romanticism 1 Thomas Crow Patriotism and Virtue: David to the Young Ingres 2 Thomas Crow Classicism in Crisis: Gros to Delacroix 3 The Tensions of Enlightenment: Goya 4 Brian Lukacher Visionary History Painting: Blake and his Contemporaries 5 Brian Lukacher Nature and History in English Romantic Landscape Painting 6 Brian Lukacher Landscape Art and Romantic Nationalism in Germany and America 7 Brian Lukacher Architecture Unshackled 1790 - 1851 New World Frontiers 8 Frances K. Pohl Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier 9 Frances K. Pohl Black and White in America Realism and Naturalism 10 The generation of 1830 and the Crisis in the Public Sphere 11 The Rhetoric of Realism: Courbet and the Origins of the Avant-Garde 12 David Llewellyn Phillips Photography, Modernity and Art 13 The Decline of History Painting: Germany, Italy, France and Russia Modern Art and Life 14 Architecture and Design in the Age of Industry 15 Manet and the Impressionists 16 Linda Nochlin Issues of Gender in Cassatt and Eakins 17 Mass Culture and Utopia: Seurat and Neoimprerssionism 18 The Appeal of Modern Art: Toulouse-Lautrec 19 Abstraction and Populism: Van Gogh 20 Symbolism and the Dialectics of Retreat 21 The Failure and Success of Cezanne Chronology * Select Bibliography * List of Illustrations * Index

About the Author

Stephen F. Eisenman is Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Temptation of Saint Redon and Gauguin’s Skirt, and has curated numerous exhibitions, including Design in the Age of Darwin, The Ecology of Impressionism and William Blake in the Age of Aquarius. He conceived and edited this book, and is its principal author.

Thomas Crow is Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

List of Contributors

Brian Lukacher, Linda Nochlin, David Llewellyn Phillips, Frances K. Pohl, Thomas Crow