Bowdoin College Museum of Art Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art 1860-1960 exhibition catalogue

Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art 1860-1960

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'This book, with more than 100 illustrations, showcases night scenes by artists such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Bolstered by reflective essays, Night Vision is a survey of modernism and of personal expression, illuminating the powerful, lasting impact night vision had on American art' Boston Globe 

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Night Vision, published in conjunction with a 2015 exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is the first major survey of American night scenes. This richly illustrated book investigates how leading American artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and Joseph Cornell responded in a range of media including paintings, drawings, prints and photographs to the challenges of picturing the night.

For some mid-19th-century artists, such as Albert Bierstadt, paintings of the night offered the challenge of representing the natural elements of clouds, moon, and sky when shrouded in darkness, while at the same time providing rich opportunities for the symbolic use of light. Following the industrial revolution and emergence of electricity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, artists such as Winslow Homer and Charles Burchfield began to use nighttime conditions as a platform to disregard the conventions of naturalism in favour of more abstract techniques and ideas.  

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  • Author: Joachim Homann, Curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Date published: July 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791354668
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.9 x 2 cm

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