Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America

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Yale University Press, 1996 - Art - 380 pages
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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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Finding the Real American Artist
19
The Culture of Display and the Taint
46
Aestheticism Degeneration and the Regulation of Artistic
79
Painting as Rest Cure
120
Outselling the Feminine
159
Winslow Homer and the American Business Spirit
187
Performing the Self
221
Performing Bohemia
247
Cartoons and Artistic Identity
277
Populist versus Plutocratic Aesthetics
300
Notes
329
Index
373
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Sarah Burns is the Ruth N. Halls Professor Emerita in the Department of the History of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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