COSMOS: FROM ROMANTICISM TO THE AVANT GARDE. Ed. by Jean Clair. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1999. Distributed by Prestel-Verlag, Munich. 398 pp. with 424 ills. (278 col.). 32 x 25 cm. ISBN 3791320890 In English.
A substantial study of the impact of scientific discoveries and explorations on artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries, this catalogue presents excellent illustrations of more than 300 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints and decorative objects that range from panoramic landscapes and images of celestial bodies to Constructivist and Minimalist abstractions, the selection encompassing works by Friedrich, Goya, Turner, Cole, Redon, Balla, Malevich, Ernst, Miro, Calder, Stieglitz, Rothko, Klein, Rauschenberg, Celmins, Hatoum and some 150 other international artists. Fourteen essays include discussions of such topics as the influence of the writings of German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt on Frederic Edwin Church's South American landscapes, the early development of geological photography in the American West, the effect of revolutionary advances in astronomy on trends in late 19th-century French culture, and the role of cosmological themes in Italian Futurist and Russian Suprematist art.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 027008