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The Civil War and American Art
The Civil War redefined America and forever changed American art. Its grim reality, captured through the new medium of photography, was laid bare. American artists could not approach the conflict with the conventions of European history painting, which glamorized the hero on the battlefield. Instead, many artists found ways to weave the war into works of art that considere ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Yale University Press
(first published November 1st 2012)
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Stuffed full of amazing historical background to some of America's most well-known landscape and war portrait artists, The Civil War and American Art is a must have for any history, war or art buff. Having had the priviledge of experiencing the behind-the-scenes goings on of Smithsonian's American Art Museum to learn about VTS last summer when I attended the Clarice Smith National Teacher Institute (highly recommended, by the way), I learned even more about the innerworkings of history as they a ...more
I requested this book as a review copy from NetGalley because of my fascination with the Civil War and my love for photography. I must admit I never considered how a painter might interpret current events in landscape paintings. Battle scenes, yes, but not in ‘regular’ landscapes. Looks to be quite interesting.