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Art, Culture, and National Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Europe

Janis A. Tomlinson, Anne Helmreich, Anna Brzyski, Janet Kennedy, Robin Lenman, Carmen Popescu, Terri Switzer, John Morrison, Patricia G. Berman, Michelle Facos, Sharon L. Hirsh
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  • Date Published: June 2003
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2006
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521815659


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  • At the turn of the twentieth century, nations, both sovereign and aspiring, feverishly worked to define, foster, and promote national identity. While historians have recognized the significance of this moment for modern identity formations, it has largely been neglected by art historians. Art, Culture and National Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Europe examines the phenomenon of politicized art and its connections to modernism. In eleven essays that focus on as many nations, an international team of authors explore the complex issues facing artists who helped to form a distinct national identity to audiences at home and abroad. The detailed case studies unravel the matrix of circumstances that fostered nationalistic developments, thereby offering a more nuanced understanding of European art and culture around 1900.

    • Covers a wide geographical range, many topics covered in English for the first time (Romanian architecture, Swedish rural painting)
    • First book solely devoted to nationalism c.1900 in the visual arts
    • Includes work by well known 'modernist' artists (Munch, Diaghilev, Hodler) with new, nationalistic insights
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    '… wide-ranging and thought-provoking volume … fascinating survey of art and national identity in fin-de-siecle Europe …'. Nations and Nationalism

    'Faco's and Hirsch's collection of essays explores a vast geographical scope providing an impressively diverse set of case studies … Usefully, the book particularly highlights northern and Slavic cultures at the fin de siécle, so often glossed over in surveys of the period … This collection is a great boon; it will be a backbone text for many fin de siécle seminars for years to come.' Art History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521815659
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 181 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.887kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. State galleries and the formation of national artistic identity in Spain, England and France, 1814–1851 Janis A. Tomlinson
    2. The nation and the garden: England and the World's Fairs at the turn of the century Anne Helmreich
    3. 'Unsere Polin …': Polish artists and the Vienna succession, 1897–1904 Anna Brzyski
    4. Pride and prejudice: Serge Diaghilev, the Ballet Russes, and the French public Janet Kennedy
    5. Art and national identity in Wilhelmine Germany Robin Lenman
    6. National Romanian architecture: building national identity Carmen Popescu
    7. Hungarian self-representation in an international context: the Magyar exhibited at international expositions and World's Fairs Terri Switzer
    8. Nationalism and nationhood: late nineteenth century painting in Scotland John Morrison
    9. Making family values: narratives of kinship and peasant life in Norwegian nationalism Patricia G. Berman
    10. Educating a nation of patriots: mural paintings in turn of the century Swedish schools Michelle Facos
    11. Swiss art and national identity at the turn of the century Sharon L. Hirsh.

  • Editors

    Michelle Facos, Indiana University

    Sharon L. Hirsh, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania


    Janis A. Tomlinson, Anne Helmreich, Anna Brzyski, Janet Kennedy, Robin Lenman, Carmen Popescu, Terri Switzer, John Morrison, Patricia G. Berman, Michelle Facos, Sharon L. Hirsh

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