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FLOWERS AND TOWERS: POLITICS OF IDENTITY IN THE ART OF THE AMERICAN "NEW WOMAN". Nira Tessler. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015. 278 pp. with 37 ills. (8 col.). 22 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781443882705 In English.
Publisher's description: This book explores the meaning and symbolism of the flower motif in the art of women artists, from the nineteenth century to the present day. It begins with a discussion of the symbolic significance of the flower in canonical texts such as the Song of Songs, in which the female lover is likened to a lily among the thorns, and to an enclosed garden. These allegorical images permeated into Christian iconography, attaining various expressions in the plastic arts from the twelfth through nineteenth centuries. The heart of the book is a discussion of the meaning of the change in representations of the flower, and at the same time the appearance of amazing images of masculine skyscrapers, in the works of avant-garde American women artists during the 1920s and 30s, in three hubs of Modernist art: New York, California, and Mexico. Tessler explains how modernist artists of various fields of art such as Glaspell, Stettheimer, O'Keeffe, Pelton, Cunningham, Mather, Modotti and Kahlo were aware of the religious symbolism of the flower in Judaism and Christianity, and turned it into an emblem of the new modern woman with her own views of the world.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods, 1900-1945 — Painting, Several Media — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172124
Hardcover $89.95    

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