The Resource Art and the higher life : painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America, Kathleen Pyne

Art and the higher life : painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America, Kathleen Pyne

Label
Art and the higher life : painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America
Title
Art and the higher life
Title remainder
painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Pyne
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As the nineteenth century drew to a close, many Americans were deeply troubled by the theories of Charles Darwin, which contradicted both traditional Christian teachings and the general view of human supremacy over nature, and by an influx of foreign immigrants, who challenged the supremacy of the old Anglo-Saxon elite. In response, many people drew comfort from the theories of British philosopher Herbert Spencer, who held that human society inevitably develops towards higher and more spiritual forms. In this illuminating study, Kathleen Pyne explores how Spencer's theories came to influence a generation of American artists. She shows how the painters of the 1880s and 1890s, particularly John La Farge, James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing and the Boston school, and the impressionist painters of the Ten, developed a kind of art that was dedicated to social refinement and spiritual ideals and to defending the embattled position of the Anglo-Saxon elite of which they were members. Linking visual culture to the problematic conditions of American life, the book thus offers a radically new interpretation of the most important trends in late nineteenth-century American painting. It will be of interest to a wide interdisciplinary audience in American intellectual, social, and art history
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pyne, Kathleen A.
Dewey number
759.13/09/034
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ND210
LC item number
.P96 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Painting, American
  • Evolution (Biology)
Label
Art and the higher life : painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America, Kathleen Pyne
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-395) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American response to Darwinism -- John La Farge and the sensuous environment -- James McNeill Whistler and the religion of art -- Aesthetic strategies in the "age of pain": Thomas Dewing and the art of life -- The ideologies of American impressionism
Control code
ocm33244641
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st University of Texas Press ed.
Extent
xvi, 416 pages, [8] pages of plates
Lccn
95043964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)33244641
Label
Art and the higher life : painting and evolutionary thought in late nineteenth-century America, Kathleen Pyne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-395) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American response to Darwinism -- John La Farge and the sensuous environment -- James McNeill Whistler and the religion of art -- Aesthetic strategies in the "age of pain": Thomas Dewing and the art of life -- The ideologies of American impressionism
Control code
ocm33244641
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st University of Texas Press ed.
Extent
xvi, 416 pages, [8] pages of plates
Lccn
95043964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)33244641

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