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Doing Nothing

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Description: American Genre Painting: The Politics of Everyday Life
By 1850, as Mount’s investment in the Yankee farmer had almost stopped paying returns, Bingham was turning to the settled Western citizenry for his formulations (with what would be deceptive hopes), and Spencer was chafing at the constraints of her New York viewers, national genre painting seemed to have lost whatever edge it had enjoyed. The chief problem was that the polity implicated in genre scenes was no longer a tally of recognizable “others.” For most speakers in the seats of cultural …
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Related print edition pages: pp.176-196

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