AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING: An Interpretation by Wolfgang Born
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AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING: An Interpretation

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Extraordinary scope in this scholarly study of American landscape painting by a noted authority. Against a brief background of European landscape art, the author traces its course in the United States, its beginnings in topographical engravings and prints, the landscape of mood, the ""sentiment of nature"", the romanticism of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; the panoramic style (reflecting he feels American expansion), primitivism which reached its peak in Edward Hicks, the impetus towards new forms after the Civil War, and the resultant greater realism, on the one hand, and symbolism on the other, with the French influence strong in the impressionism of the turn of the century. Finally the modern trend toward a technocratic school best expressed by precisionism.

Publisher: Yale