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The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America

Maggie M. Cao (Author)

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Hardcover, 320 pages
ISBN: 9780520291423
July 2018
$65.00, £54.95
The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America examines the dissolution of landscape painting in the late nineteenth-century United States. Focusing on the unorthodox artworks of four painters—Albert Bierstadt, Martin Johnson Heade, Ralph Blakelock, and Abbott Thayer—Maggie M. Cao proposes a new way of thinking about these artists’ unexpected interventions and how they challenged, mourned, or revised the conventions of landscape painting, a major cultural project for nineteenth-century Americans. Through rich analysis of artworks at the genre’s unsettling limits, Cao shows that landscape played a crucial role in the American encounter with modernity and was the genre through which American art most urgently sought to come to terms with the modern world.
Maggie M. Cao is David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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