In the arenas of art and representation, the nineteenth century was a time of questioning, experimentation, discovery and modernization. Artists and designers challenged, as never before, prevailing definitions of art and social order.
Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History embraces many aspects of the so-called ‘new’ art history – attention to issues of class and gender, reception and spectatorship, racism and Eurocentrism, popular and élite culture, the question of the canon – while at the same time recovering the remarkable vitality, salience and subversiveness of the era’s best art.
This edition includes five revised chapters, comprising ‘Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier’, ‘Black and White in America’, ‘Architecture and Design in the Age of Industry’ and ‘Manet and the Impressionists’, together with a substantially expanded chapter on ‘Photography, Modernity, and Art’. With 233 illustrations now in colour, including over a dozen brand-new images, this rich and diverse volume will interest students, specialists and anyone fascinated by this dynamic period.