Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America

Painting the Dark Side Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth Century America Voices from the dark or gothic side of American life are well known through the work of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville But who were the Poes of American ar

  • Title: Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Author: Sarah Burns
  • ISBN: 9780520249875
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Voices from the dark, or gothic, side of American life are well known through the work of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville But who were the Poes of American art Until now, art historians have for the most part seen the gothic as the province of misfits and oddballs who rejected the bright landscapes and cheerful scenes of everydVoices from the dark, or gothic, side of American life are well known through the work of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville But who were the Poes of American art Until now, art historians have for the most part seen the gothic as the province of misfits and oddballs who rejected the bright landscapes and cheerful scenes of everyday life depicted by Hudson River School and other mainstream painters In Painting the Dark Side, Sarah Burns counters this view, arguing that far from being marginal, the gothic was a pervasive and potent visual language used by recognized masters and eccentric outsiders alike to express the darker facets of history and the psyche A deep gothic strain in the visual arts becomes evident in these beautifully written, richly illustrated pages, illuminating the entire spectrum of American art.Weaving a complex tapestry of biography, psychology, and history, Sarah Burns exposes dark dimensions in the work of both romantic artists such as Albert Pinkham Ryder and Thomas Cole and realists like Thomas Eakins She argues persuasively that works by artists who were generally considered outsiders, such as John Quidor, David Gilmour Blythe, and William Rimmer, belong to the mainstream of American art She explores the borderlands where popular visual culture mingled with the elite medium of oil and delves into such topics as slave revolt, drugs, grave robbing, vivisection, drunkenness, female monstrosity, and family secrets Cutting deep across the grain of standard nationalistic accounts of nineteenth century art, Painting the Dark Side provides a thrilling, radically alternative vision of American art and visual culture.

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    • Tatjana says:

      I finally gave up on this book. I love a great deal of the contemporary art history work out there. The field had opened up to all kinds of perspectives. This book is so steeped in the traditional art history litany, I could barely stand it. The style is burdened by academic language. I could not have gotten as far as I did without clawing my way through absurd piles of research and analysis in graduate school. I think Ms. Burns could have used a thoughtful copy editor who was not an academic. T [...]

    • Beth says:

      I am biased because this was written by my dissertation advisor, who is brilliant, and because I was her research assistant for part of this project. Despite the disclaimer, it is a really broad & deep analysis of the Gothic impulse in 19th century American culture. Sort of a precursor to why vampires are so popular now.

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