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A Seamless Web

Transatlantic Art in the Nineteenth Century

Editor(s): Cheryll L. May, Marian Wardle

Book Description

In recent years, American art scholars have increasingly focused on the importance of cross-cultural exchanges during the nineteenth century. As essayist François Brunet puts it, mid-nineteenth century landscapes were “transnational . . . permeated by complex transactions where ‘American’ originality produced itself not only in imitation of or reaction against ‘European’ influences, . . . but as critical mirroring and incorporating of ‘European’ images.” Articles in this collection make clear that the “conversation of cultures” went both ways, with American artworks and culture also affecting European artistic and literary practice. Essays explore the transnational origin of many types of American artworks, from stained glass windows, which usually copied their European originals with great exactitude, to paintings and sculptures using distinctly American motifs, such as the Puritan and the cowboy, to distinguish American art students from their Parisian masters. It also examines American cultural icons, particularly the American Indian, appropriated by European writers, artists, and philosophers to embody primeval wisdom. A distinguished international group of scholars, including Brunet, Robert Rydell, and Peter Gibian, offer valuable perspectives on the ever-broadening field of transnational cultural studies.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5034-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5034-9
Date of Publication: 01/04/2014
Pages / Size: 215 / A5
Price: £44.99


Cheryll L. May is the Head Curator Emeritus of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. She received her MA and PhD degrees from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has published widely in the popular and scholarly press, and has produced a number of educational videos. Her academic articles include works on Mormon history and Mormon arts and letters. She has also received a best article award from the Mormon History Association.

Marian Wardle is Curator of American Art at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art and adjunct faculty in Art History and Curatorial Studies at BYU. She is the author of Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint (2007) and editor and co-author of American Women Modernists: The Legacy of Robert Henri, 1910–1945 (2005) and The Weir Family, 1820–1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art (2011).