RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44885332 LA English T1 Winslow Homer and the critics : forging a national art in the 1870s A1 Conrads, Margaret C.,, Homer, Winslow,, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art., Los Angeles County Museum of Art., High Museum of Art., PB Princeton University Press in association with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art PP Princeton, N.J. YR 2001 SN 0691070997 9780691070995 0691074305 9780691074306 AB "Winslow Homer's luminous watercolor seascapes and highly spirited portraits of children and outdoorsmen are some of the most recognizable and cherished works in the history of American art. This catalogue, published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, examines his pictures from the 1870s, the least-studied period of this perennially popular American artist. Debunking the common myth that Homer worked in isolation, Margaret Conrads reveals him as a controversial artist who was an integral part of the dizzying New York art scene of the 1870s. Indeed, Homer was the American artist most frequently discussed by the press at this time - often with simultaneous commendation and vilification." "By viewing Homer's works of the 1870s through the lens of contemporaneous criticism, the author explains how and why the painter embodied the critics' high hopes for an art that expressed national values. She finds reflected in his vivid images an ongoing struggle to meet these expectations, even as he challenged and helped to redefine the artistic conventions governing American aesthetics." "This handsome volume is a remarkable record of an important period not only in Winslow Homer's career but also in the fascinating art world of late-nineteenth-century America."--Jacket.