19th-Century Art: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

19th-Century Art: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

Laurie Schneider Adams

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1780745419

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Rodin’s The Thinker. Monet’s Water Lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The 19th century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that we can picture many of them in an instant. At the time, however, their avant-garde nature was the cause of much controversy. Professor Laurie Schneider Adams vividly brings to life the paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture, of the period with her infectious enthusiasm for art and detailed explorations of individual works. Offered fascinating biographical details and the relevant social, political, and cultural context, the reader is left with a deep appreciation for the works and an understanding of how revolutionary they were at the time, as well as the reasons for their enduring appeal.

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lost Christian era, whereas the latter, designed by John Nash, was a place of entertainment and relaxation for the Prince Regent. ROMANTIC LITERATURE Germany: The eighteenth-century Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) movement prefigured Romanticism. It emphasized the primacy of feeling and imagination over the reason and order espoused by Academic classicism. The main German exponents of Sturm und Drang were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) (Faust and The Sorrows of Young Werther),

confronts viewers with the notion that nature, in the words of Coleridge, is “measureless to man” and thus beyond our comprehension. Figure 11 Caspar David Friedrich, The Stages of Life, 1834–1835, oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 37 in (72.5 x 94 cm). Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The figures in the painting reveal its autobiographical content. They have been identified as Friedrich’s three children, Gustav Adolf, Agnes and Emma, his nephew (in the top hat),

said, “is dry and hampers the impression of the whole; it destroys all sensations. Do not define too closely the outlines of things; it is the brush stroke of the right value and color which should produce the drawing.”6 Pissarro further advised young artists to paint the essence of their subjects and not to be distracted by technique. Paint, he said, should be applied with small dabs of the brush and impressions placed immediately on the canvas. “Don’t proceed according to rules and principles,

created by his ballerinas and his tilted floors. James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, but was expelled for, among other things, drawing on the walls. Much of his childhood was spent travelling in Europe; he accompanied his family to Russia, where his father was the engineer for the Moscow–St Petersburg railway. Whistler studied art in Paris, but made London his permanent home, where he supported himself mainly as

critic) Geffroy, Gustave (art critic), on Cézanne Gelée blanche, ancienne route d’Ennery, Pontoise (Pissarro) genre painting in hierarchy Géricault, Théodore: influence of life Portrait of a Kleptomaniac Raft of the Medusa Germany architecture literature Realism Romanticism Gleaners, The (Millet) Gleyre, Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gogh, Vincent van, see van Gogh, Vincent Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de: influences on life And they are Wild Beasts (Y son fieras)

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