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Nocturne : night in American art, 1890-1917

Author: Hélène Valance; Jane Marie Todd
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a surge in the creation and popularity of nocturnes and night landscapes in American art. In this original and thought-provoking book, Hélène Valance investigates why artists and viewers of the era were so captivated by the night. Nocturne examines works by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Edward Steichen, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Valance, Hélène.
Nocturne.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
(OCoLC)1047729531
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hélène Valance; Jane Marie Todd
ISBN: 0300223994 9780300223996
OCLC Number: 1005106160
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "Originally published as Nuits américaines: l'art du nocturne aux États-Unis, 1890-1917"--Colophon.
Translated from the French.
Description: ix, 242 pages : color illustrations, facsimiles ; 29 cm
Contents: Antivisions: the redefinition of vision by science and technology --
A paradoxical aesthetics --
The image in crisis: vision questioned by science and technology --
The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction --
Visions of the mind and spirit --
Heart of darkness: the nocturne as metaphor for racial difference --
Inverted light: the nocturne in the age of imperialism --
Vanishing Indians: nostalgic reminiscence and haunting presence --
A blueblood landscape: the nocturne as white art in Jim Crow America --
Landscape reconfigured: urban nocturnes --
Contrast, confrontation, and spectacle: the alterity of urban nights --
Shadow presences: the figure in the urban landscape --
The urban nocturne and the redefinition of the American landscape.
Other Titles: Nuits américaines.
Night in American art, 1890-1917
Responsibility: Hélène Valance, translated by Jane Marie Todd.

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"The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a surge in the creation and popularity of nocturnes and night landscapes in American art. In this original and thought-provoking book, Hélène Valance investigates why artists and viewers of the era were so captivated by the night. Nocturne examines works by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Edward Steichen, and Henry Ossawa Tanner through the lens of the scientific developments and social issues that dominated the period. Valance argues that the success of the genre is connected to the resonance between the night and the many forces that affected the era, including technological advances that expanded the realm of the visible, such as electric lighting and photography; Jim Crow-era race relations; America's closing frontier and imperialism abroad; and growing anxiety about identity and social values amid rapid urbanization. This absorbing study features 150 illustrations encompassing paintings, photographs, prints, scientific illustration, advertising, and popular media to explore the predilection for night imagery as a sign of the times"--Book jacket

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