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Description: Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America
~~Before we, too, abandon Ariadne on her desert isle, let us pause to consider her as the foundation of nineteenth-century American landscape painting. The future wife of Bacchus, nature god of wine and revelry, Ariadne, in all her sumptuous availability, is the trope of bountiful America ready for the taking. Such availability, in...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.55-105
Description: American Genre Painting: The Politics of Everyday Life
The Yankee yeoman, because so familiar, was comical, but the frontiersman who explored the West, or anyone who moved westward, was an unknown quantity. Just what did characterize the typical Westerner? At stake, as an educated and urban (and Eastern) American elite seemed to see it, was the relationship of politically empowered but uneducated human beings to the wilderness. What, these Easterners pondered, were the social implications of the new setting for at least part of the sovereign …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.60-99

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