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The Cultured Canvas
New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting
Nancy Siegel, ed.

Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies

University of New Hampshire Press
2012 • 344 pp. 121 illus. (32 color). 6 x 9"
Art History

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-198-7
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-197-0

(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

"This welcome anthology, edited by Siegel, has prominent contributors such as Alan Wallach, Kenneth Meyers, and David Schuyler. . . . All the essays provide well-considered insights into American landscape painting. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

A state-of-the-field collection opening new vistas in the study of nineteenth-century American landscapes

Written from aesthetic, sociopolitical, cultural, and literary perspectives, The Cultured Canvas explores myriad ways in which American visual culture can be evaluated through newly conceived thematic and ideological approaches. This book moves beyond our accepted notion of the oil painting on canvas to consider the term as both a literal and figurative surface upon which artists construct or construe the landscape as an intellectual, cultural, or physical entity. It provides an innovative reevaluation of traditional thought concerning the Hudson River School, Luminism, and artists of the Civil War era.

As interdisciplinary emphases are employed with increasing frequency in arts and humanities courses, the breadth and depth of topics covered in this collection will provide a much-needed text for scholars in American art history, nineteenth-century American studies, and landscape studies, in addition to serving as a complement to courses in American literature and culture.

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“This collection of essays, all written by eminent scholars of nineteenth-century American landscape studies, is an excellent contribution to the field.”—Hudson River Valley Review


The Cultured Canvas is a provocative collection of essays, with many of them questioning conventionally held concepts in nineteenth-century American art. They, in turn, will undoubtedly be challenged by future scholarship forcing a further rethinking of the ideas regarding the art of this country. The other essays in this volume expand our knowledge by exploring ideas or concepts not previously investigated. In all, it is a thought-provoking book.”—Kenneth W. Maddox, The Newington-Cropsey Foundation

NANCY SIEGEL is an associate professor of art history at Towson University and serves as a curatorial advisor to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

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