Nineteenth Century Art

Nineteenth Century Art

A Critical History (Fourth edition)

  1. Stephen F. Eisenman
  2. Thomas Crow
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  • ISBN 9780500289242
  • 27.00 x 21.60 cm
  • Paperback
  • 500pp
  • 510 Illustrations, 245 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘One of the most engrossing and stimulating art history texts to come along for years’ – Times Higher Education Supplement
'We emerge from the book with our appreciation of its visual subject matter immeasurably enriched’ – London Review of Books
‘Essential reading...[it] will help to re-define the shifting boundaries of the art-historical survey’ – The Guardian
‘It should be compulsory reading’ – Art Book Review Quarterly
‘Relevant, instructive and exhaustive … combines essential facts, useful examples, accurate case studies for newcomers and advanced readers. … For university and public libraries, these two books are essential’ – Cassone


The nineteenth century was a time of questioning, experimentation, discovery and modernization. Artists and designers challenged, as never before, prevailing definitions of art and the social order.

Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History embraces many aspects of the so-called ‘new’ art history – attention to issues of class and gender, reception and spectatorship, racism and Eurocentrism, popular and élite culture, the question of the canon – while at the same time recovering the remarkable vitality, salience and subversiveness of the era’s best art.

This edition includes five revised chapters, comprising ‘Old World, New World: The Encounter of Cultures on the American Frontier’, ‘Black and White in America’, ‘Architecture and Design in the Age of Industry’ and ‘Manet and the Impressionists’, together with a substantially expanded chapter on ‘Photography, Modernity, and Art’.

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233 of the over 500 illustrations are now in colour, including over a dozen brand-new images, this rich and diverse volume will interest students, specialists and anyone fascinated by this dynamic period.

Stephen F. Eisenman is Professor of Art History at Northwestern University.
Thomas Crow is Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Brian Lukacher is Associate Professor of Art History at Vassar College.
Linda Nochlin is the Lila Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
David L. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Visual Theory at the University of East London.
Frances K. Pohl is Professor of Art History at Pomona College, California.