First published in 1977. The purpose of this study is to locate the sources for the American style of painting characterised by measure and design – the representation of the specific and familiar according to principles of pictorial order. The reader shall see that there were a variety of conventions available to the artist and that his selection of one or another of them depended upon pragmatic, philosophical, and aesthetic considerations.
Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: The Practical and Philosophical Background for Design and Measure 2. Out of the Craft Tradition 3. The Influence of Academic Instruction Books 4. The Role of the Academic Tradition 5. The Development of a Practical Basis for Institutionalized Art Education 6. The Role of Tools and Books in the Development of American Landscape Painting 7. The Aesthetic of Perspective; Afterword; Selected Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Illustrations
This set of 11 volumes, originally published between 1946 and 2001, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, including studies on photography, theatre, opera, and music. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of art and cultural history.