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New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

by Joy Peterson Heyrman Walters Art Museum
Pub Date:
03/2013
ISBN:
9780300194500
Format:
Pbk 144 pages
Price:
AU$38.99 NZ$41.73
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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During a tragically short career, Richard Caton Woodville (1825 and ndash;1855) produced iconic works depicting mid-century America. Born in Baltimore and trained in D and uuml;sseldorf, Woodville painted 19th-century America in a new way. His paintings depict contemporary life and realistic period interiors, while using colorful, closely observed narrative detail. The themes he represents, including the generational divide that informed so many pressing issues of the time, offer a unique perspective on both America and Europe in the decades preceding the Civil War and capture a period of rapid social, political, and technological transformation. New Eyes on America, the most comprehensive work on Woodville to date, reproduces all of the artist and rsquo;s known works. Five essays explore Woodville and rsquo;s artistic genius, his Baltimore upbringing, his education at the D and uuml;sseldorf School, his place in the international art world, and his technique, which was acclaimed for its attention to detail and color. This important book shines new light on the formation, historical and social context, and contemporary reception of this engaging painter.

Joy Peterson Heyrman is exhibition curator for American art for New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, and deputy director for development at the Walters Art Museum.