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The Iron Jaws That Smashed Pacific Mail

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Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
Even though American artists had with considerable success colonized the feminine and naturalized aestheticism, some critics found much of contemporary art weak and inadequate to the spirit of modern America. As a Harper’s editorial put it, “It is a period of refinement and decoration, in which the how is more important than the what. ... It is a day of little masters, of the art that seeks effect but feels nothing, of small and exquisite things ... of the dainty representation of our own small …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.188-217
https://doi.org/10.37862/aaeportal.00068.009

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