• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardback)
  • Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardback)
zoom

Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America (Hardback)

(author)
£36.95
Hardback Published: 19/03/2004
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Voices from the dark, or 'gothic', side of American life are well known through the work of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. But who were the Poes of American art? Until now, art historians have for the most part seen the gothic as the province of misfits and oddballs who rejected the bright landscapes and cheerful scenes of everyday life depicted by Hudson River School and other mainstream painters. In "Painting the Dark Side", Sarah Burns counters this view, arguing that far from being marginal, the gothic was a pervasive and potent visual language used by recognized masters and eccentric outsiders alike to express the darker facets of history and the psyche. A deep gothic strain in the visual arts becomes evident in these beautifully written, richly illustrated pages, illuminating the entire spectrum of American art. Weaving a complex tapestry of biography, psychology, and history, Sarah Burns exposes dark dimensions in the work of both romantic artists such as Albert Pinkham Ryder and Thomas Cole and realists like Thomas Eakins. She argues persuasively that works by artists who were generally considered outsiders, such as John Quidor, David Gilmour Blythe, and William Rimmer, belong to the mainstream of American art. She explores the borderlands where popular visual culture mingled with the elite medium of oil and delves into such topics as slave revolt, drugs, grave-robbing, vivisection, drunkenness, female monstrosity, and family secrets. Cutting deep across the grain of standard nationalistic accounts of nineteenth-century art, "Painting the Dark Side" provides a thrilling, radically alternative vision of American art and visual culture.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520238213
Weight: 971 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

Pixar and the Aesthetic Imagination
Added to basket
Song Loves the Masses
Added to basket
Conversation Pieces
Added to basket
Art and Visual Perception
Added to basket
Memory Work
Added to basket
£40.00
Hardback
To Life!
Added to basket
£27.00
Paperback
Reading Basquiat
Added to basket
Art of Renaissance Venice, 1400 1600
Added to basket
Inside the White Cube
Added to basket
Arts, Inc.
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
Funnybooks
Added to basket
£27.00
Paperback
Gardens Are For People, Third edition
Added to basket
A History of the Western Art Market
Added to basket
This Is Not a Pipe
Added to basket
David Lynch: The Unified Field
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.