An Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Art by Michelle Facos

By Michelle Facos

Using the instruments of the "new" paintings background (feminism, Marxism, social context, etc.) An advent to Nineteenth-Century Art deals a richly textured, but transparent and logical, advent to nineteenth-century artwork and tradition. This textbook will offer readers with a easy historic framework of the interval and the severe instruments for examining and situating new and unexpected works of art.

Michelle Facos is going past present histories of nineteenth-century paintings, which frequently concentration exclusively on France, Britain, and the U.S., to include artists and works of art from Scandinavia, Germany, and japanese Europe.

The booklet expertly balances its insurance of tendencies and person works of art: the place the salient developments are transparent, trend-setting works are highlighted, and the complexity of the interval is revered by means of situating all works of their right social and old context. during this approach, the coed reader achieves a extra nuanced figuring out of ways within which the tale of nineteenth-century paintings is the tale of the ways that artists and society grappled with the matter of modernity.

Key pedagogical positive factors include:

* information containers offer facts, timelines, charts, and historic information regarding the interval to additional situate artworks.

* textual content bins spotlight extracts from unique resources, bringing up the guidelines of artists and their contemporaries, together with historians, philosophers, critics, and theorists, to put artists and works within the broader context of aesthetic, cultural, highbrow, social, and political stipulations during which artists have been working.

* superbly illustrated with over 250 colour images.

* Margin notes and word list definitions.

* on-line assets at with entry to a wealth of knowledge, together with unique records referring to artistic endeavors mentioned within the textbook, modern feedback, timelines and maps to complement your figuring out of the interval and make allowance for additional comparability and exploration.


Chapters take a thematic method mixed inside an overarching chronology and extra targeted discussions of person works are consistently installed the context of the wider social photo, hence supplying scholars with a feeling of paintings heritage as a arguable and alive enviornment of study.

Michelle Facos teaches artwork background at Indiana collage, Bloomington. Her study explores the altering courting among artists and society because the Enlightenment and problems with identification. past courses comprise Nationalism and the Nordic mind's eye: Swedish portray of the 1890s (1998), Art, tradition and nationwide id in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, co-edited with Sharon Hirsh (2003), and Symbolist artwork in Context (2009).

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