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American Genre Painting.

We usually associate the word genre with Dutch and other European art. This book, subtitled The Politics of Everyday Life, studies American genre painting during its years of greatest prominence: the three decades from 1830 until the outbreak of the Civil War. The author explores and questions the art-historical definition of genre painting as scenes from everyday life. Analyzing works by George Bingham, Lily Spencer, Eastman Johnson and others, Johns presents insightful comments about American culture and character. Twenty-five full-color reproductions complement numerous black-and-white illustrations, and a scholarly but lively text in this report on an overlooked niche of American art and culture. Recommended for high school and college resource libraries.
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Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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