AGEE, WILLIAM C. & FAXON, SUSAN C.
Title Coming Of Age: American Art, 1850s To 1950s.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.
Edition First Edition (Unstated).
Publisher Yale University Press. New Haven and London: 2006.
0300115237 / 9780300115239
Seller ID 42216X1
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 interpretation of universal ideals. This book chronicles this complex century of maturation through a selection of paintings from the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover Massachusetts. From the 1850s to the 1950s, American art and culture progressed from provincial status to international prominence, and American art developed from figurative depictions of the particular to abstract interpretations of universal ideals. This beautiful book chronicles this complex century of maturation through an exquisite selection of paintings from the extraordinary collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. "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, American Luminists like Jasper Cropsey and Fitz H. Lane, infused their immediate natural 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 nineteenth century, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Eastman Johnson imaged native subjects through the lens of realism. Childe Hassam and Maurice Prendergast brought Impressionist aesthetics to the American context, while expatriates including John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler established themselves in European art capitals. In New York, turn-of-the-century Ashcan school painters captured the gritty cityscape that would host American champions of modernism Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, and Marsden Hartley. In the 1930s, European-trained artist Josef Albers introduced a generation of American painters to new theories of colour and space from which emerged the breakthrough Abstract Expressionists. By the 1950s, American art had come of age, as Americans securely held the vanguard position in the international art world. The search for an American expression, 1850-1917 by Susan C. Faxon 16 American art, 1910-1950s : themes, traditions, continuities by William C. Agee 68
(Key Words: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Hudson River School, Landscapes, American Luminists, Jasper Cropsey, Fitz H. Lane, George Inness, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler, Ashcan School Painters, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Marsden Hartley. Josef Albers, Susan C. Faxon, William C. Agee).