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PICTURING HISTORY: AMERICAN PAINTING, 1770-1930. Ed. by William Ayres. IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 1993. Organized by Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York. Published in association with Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York. 256 pp. with 165 ills. (79 col.). 31 x 24 cm. LC 93-10437 ISBN 0847817458 In English.
A significant survey of American history painting from its origins in the Revolutionary period through its decline with the advent of modernism, this catalogue presents some 130 portraits, depictions of important historical events, and allegorical and genre compositions by West, Trumbull, Durand, Bingham, Leutze, Homer, Bellows, Benton and more than 75 other major and lesser-known figures. Full-page reproductions of many of the featured works are interspersed among eleven substantial essays that illuminate the social, political and artistic issues informing the creation and interpretation of the paintings, including discussions of the eight historical murals created for the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, changes in the treatment of Civil War subjects from 1861 to 1910, the dualistic character of images of Lincoln, the critical reception of history paintings from 1875 to 1925, and the cultural views reflected in depictions of Native Americans, African Americans, women and immigrant groups.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Painting
Plans: 01,06,07,08,09,10,17,22
Worldwide Number: 024277
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