Art in an Age of Civil Struggle, 1848-1871

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University of Chicago Press, 15 sep. 2008 - 784 pagina's
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From the European revolutions of 1848 through the Italian independence movement, the American Civil War, and the French Commune, the era Albert Boime explores in this fourth volume of his epic series was, in a word, transformative. The period, which gave rise to such luminaries as Karl Marx and Charles Darwin, was also characterized by civic upheaval, quantum leaps in science and technology, and the increasing secularization of intellectual pursuits and ordinary life. In a sweeping narrative that adds critical depth to a key epoch in modern art’s history, Art in an Age of Civil Struggle shows how this turbulent social environment served as an incubator for the mid-nineteenth century’s most important artists and writers.

Tracing the various movements of realism through the major metropolitan centers of Europe and America, Boime strikingly evokes the milieus that shaped the lives and works of Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Émile Zola, Honoré Daumier, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and the earliest photographers, among countless others. In doing so, he spearheads a powerful new way of reassessing how art emerges from the welter of cultural and political events and the artist’s struggle to interpret his surroundings. Boime supports this multifaceted approach with a wealth of illustrations and written sources that demonstrate the intimate links between visual culture and social change. Culminating at the transition to impressionism, Art in an Age of Civil Struggle makes historical sense of a movement that paved the way for avant-garde aesthetics and, more broadly, of how a particular style emerges at a particular moment.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Springtime and Winter of the People in France 18481852
5
2 Radical Realism and Its Offspring
77
3 Radical Realism Continued
139
4 The PreRaphaelites and the 1848 Revolutions
225
5 The Macchia and the Risorgimento
365
6 Cultural Inflections of Slavery and Manifest Destiny in America
403
7 Biedermeier Culture and the Revolutions of 1848
471
8 The Second Empires Official Realism
577
Man About Town
633
10 The FrancoPrussian War the French Commune and the Threshold of Impressionism
737
Menzel and the Transition to Empire
783
Notes
801
Photo Credits
863
Index
865
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Albert Boime is professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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