Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
Sarah Burns tells the story of artists in American society during a period of critical transition from Victorian to modern values, examining how culture shaped the artists and how artists shaped their culture. Focusing on such important painters as James McNeill Whistler, William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux, Winslow Homer, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, she investigates how artists reacted to the growing power of the media, to an expanding consumer society, to the need for a specifically American artist type, and to the problem of gender.
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PART on E The Traffic in Images
The Culture of Display and the Taint
Aestheticism Degeneration and the Regulation of Artistic
Painting as Rest Cure
Outselling the Feminine
Winslow Homer and the American Business Spirit
Performing the Self
Cartoons and Artistic Identity
Populist versus Plutocratic Aesthetics
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