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Breaking Home Ties

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Description: Breaking Home Ties
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Description: Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America
~~This chapter has two stories to tell. One is of how late nineteenth-century American still-life painting made men of its viewers or at least encouraged them to think of themselves as such. The other concerns the nostalgia of these viewers for an era that was disappearing before their eyes, although in their rush to embrace the...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.273-319
Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
In 1962, critic John Canaday reviewed an exhibition of nineteenth-century American genre paintings selected to highlight the “almost forgotten” name of Thomas Hovenden (1840–1895). Canaday focused on Hovenden’s Breaking Home Ties (fig. 119), noting that when the painting was on display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, “people lined up for blocks to see it, and wore out several replacements of the carpet in front of [it] as they stood admiring it.” It was unlikely that anyone would …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.300-327

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