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Nineteenth Century European Art (3rd Edition) Paperback – January 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205707997 ISBN-10: 0205707998 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205707998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205707997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From artists Goya to Monet and Friedrich to Munch, and From the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, author Petra ten-Doesschate Chu charts the fascinating story of nineteenth-century European art and the driving forces that shaped it. The notion of Modernism as the depiction of contemporary life comes to full flower in the nineteenth century, an idea heralded by the painter Gustave Courbet and championed by the Impressionists. Beginning with the painter Edouard Manet another notion of Modernism emerges—one that celebrates surface and texture, signaling a deliberate shift from art aimed at the imitation of nature, and in turn leading to the work of Cézanne and later to twentieth-century abstraction. These and other exciting developments in nineteenth-century European art did not abruptly appear in 1800, but were tied to specific historical events and cultural and artistic trends from about 1760, which the author cogently introduces in the first several chapters of the book.

Alongside the story of Modernism, the author discusses several supporting factors in the history of nineteenth-century European art—the changing relationship between artist and audience; the exposure of European artists to non-Western art due to expanding trade and travel; the impact of new technologies, such as the use of glass and iron in architecture; and changing attitudes about the depiction of nature as influenced by industrialization, ideas about so-called "primitive" cultures and "exotic" lands, and discoveries and developments in the natural sciences (e.g., Darwinism).

References to individual artists' lives enrich the student's understanding of the art, as do sidebars that focus on specific works, techniques, or historical circumstances. The student's appreciation of the period is further enhanced by the author's broad coverage of visual culture, including painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, and the burgeoning fields of photography and graphic design. A timeline, glossary, and extensive bibliography, listing not only books but also films related to the period, complete this major achievement.

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About the Author

Petra ten-Doesschate Chu is a leading authority on nineteenth century art. She is a professor at Seton Hall University and the author of numerous articles and essays, as well as several books, including French Realism and the Dutch Masters, Courbet in Perspective, The Letters of Gustave Courbet, The Popularization of Images (with Gabriel P. Weisberg), The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture, and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Art (with Laurinda S. Dixon). The recipient of several awards, such as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, two National Endowment of the Humanities grants, and a Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellowship, Chu is the past president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art and the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.

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An easy book to read and understand for my art history class.
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It's a good book,the handling was great and overall, it deserves the stars,not much else to say about it .
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Fluid writing, well presented scholarly arguments, excellent supporting images.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Compiled and written by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu (Professor of Art History, Seton Hall University) Nineteenth-Century European Art is an immense (544 pages), complex, and scholarly coffee-table artbook presenting and studying European art of the 1800's, featuring 550 illustrations (200 in full color) of classic and illuminating works. The reader is treated to an extensive, literate, articulate analysis of the great European artists of the period, including the evolution of their styles, figures, and nudes, the spread of Modernism, and much, much more. Enthusiastically recommended for both community library as well as academic Art History reference collections, Nineteenth-Century European Art is as much fun for the non-specialist general reader to simply browse through, as it is a treasure trove of art history information for the dedicated student.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anon. on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have read this book and used it as a reference resource. As per the critical reviews, a highly readable narrative of nineteenth century art. Gives insight not only onto artists and their work, but also onto the economic, social, and political factors of the nineteenth century and how they affected and influenced art making. Fluid writing, well presented scholarly arguments, excellent supporting images.
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This fascinating, compelling book will delight all artists as it takes you on a journey through the art world of the nineteenth-century, discovering the great, remarkable and unforgettable paintings and artists from this time. I would also highly recommend this book to all art students as I personally have referred to this as a study guide, whilst taking a recognized qualification in fine art; which I found indispensable and really insightful. This is an essential, comprehensive look at a time when artists were shaping culture and society, with distinctive painters such as Monet and Goya, Friedrich to Munch this book is both an astonishing and informative look at the art world's greatest pioneers of the time. Written with such fluidity and expression Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu charts the fascinating story of the notion of modernism and the depiction of contemporary life that came into bloom, such as championed wholeheartedly by the Impressionists and painter Gustave Courbet. Beginning with Edouard Manet you are taken on the most wonderful and intriguing journey of expressionism and modernism, in which celebrations of surface and texture signal a shift in art aimed at the imitation of nature. Then soon follows Cézanne and later on twentieth-century abstraction, including many noteworthy developments within nineteenth-century European art. Connected of course to historic events and cultural and artistic trends, from 1760 onwards the author paints a vivid, clear picture of the great change in art.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By slippersister on September 4, 2011
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This book is like a big box store for 19th century art! Although the content is rather broad, isn't that the point of a text lke this? Great introduction!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAR!ELA on April 7, 2013
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I had to buy this for my 19th c. European Art History class. This book is great, and most of the images are big and detailed. Great quality for the price I paid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avenger on August 23, 2013
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This book is actually a good read. It tells the story behind each painting and it is also interesting. I would recommend.
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