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Background & Context
Art Nouveau by
Call Number: Art Library, N6465.A7 E737 2000
The first book to examine Art Nouveau worldwide in the context of the turn of the nineteenth century, from fin-de-siècle anxieties about the pressures of modern life to nationalism, spiritualism, the emancipation of women and the heroic cult of youth. Known by a variety of names - Jugendstil in Germany, Secession style in Austria, the Modernista movement in Catalonia - Art Nouveau brought a new decorative language to furniture, jewelry and graphic arts, as well as architecture, sculpture and painting.
Call Number: Art Library, ND192.I4 R83 1999
Contemporaries of the Impressionists were shocked by their loose handling of paint and practice of painting out-of-doors. Defying the conservative official Salon, the Impressionists sought to capture the immediacy of experience. This comprehensive study explores Impressionism's philosophical, political and social context.
Call Number: Art Library, N6425.N4 I7 1997
Neoclassicism was the favourite style of both Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson, and made Josiah Wedgwood's fortune. The most pervasive style in the history of European art, it was deployed in the design of houses, churches, museums, banks, shops and items of daily use ranging from teapots to textiles.
Call Number: Art Library, N6465.R6 B769 2001
In the period c.1775-1830 - against the background of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars - European artists, poets and composers initiated their own rebellion against the dominant political, religious and social ethos of the day. Their quest was for personal expression and individual liberation and, in the process, the Romantics transformed the idea of art, seeing it as an instrument of social and psychological change. Here Romanticism is compared to the concurrent movements of Neoclassicism and the Gothic Revival and how it interacted with the political and social developments of the era. The landscapes and history paintings of artists as diverse as Goya, Delacroix, Friedrich and Turner are compared as are those not usually considered Romantics such as David and Ingres. In the end this movement that gave rise to some of Europe's more important art, music and literature is explored in its full complexity.
Klee As in Clay by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, NX163.M3 1992
Publication Date: 1992-01-29
Shows how to pronounce the most frequently mispronounced names in the arts, from Anouilh to Zweig.
The Pronunciation Dictionary of Artists' Names by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, N40.K3 1993
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
Note Provides phonetic pronunciations of artists' names. Also noted is the artist's gender, primary artistic medium, nationality and birth and death date. Includes artists from Western Europe, North American, South American and Australia. A useful resource that can be used to advantage with McConkey's Klee as in Clay (Art Ref. NX 163.M3 1992). [Review, Oberlin Art Library Staff, BQP 11/19/01]
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