Landscape and ideology : the English rustic tradition, 1740-1860 /
Ann Bermingham.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1986.
xviii, 254 p., 8 pages of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
0520052870 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1986.
0520052870 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 229-240.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-04:
Bermingham (art history, University of California at Irvine) posits the emergence of ``rustic landscape'' painting as British rural society was radically altered by enclosure and the Industrial Revolution. Although this aesthetic concept is insufficiently defined and the standpoint partial - Turner is excluded despite such rustic pictures as ``Frosty Morning'' - the confluence of art and socioeconomic history and of iconographic and psychological analyses enlarges the compass of customary interpretation as in L. Parris, Landscape in Britain 1750-1850 (1973). Bermingham extends the semiotic and sociological approaches applied by R. Paulson in Emblem and Expression: Meaning in English Art of the Eighteenth Century (CH, May '76) by J. Barrell in The Dark Side of the Landscape: The Rural Poor in English Painting 17301840 (1980), and by M. Rosenthal in Constable: The Painter and His Landscape (CH, Sep '83). The most illuminating chapters examine the motivation and evolution of Constable's art. The text, sometimes dense in expression, is supported by well-chosen but less-well-reproduced illustrations (8 color plates) and a thorough bibliography. For the graduate student.-R.W. Liscombe, University of British Columbia
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In this interdisciplinary study, Ann Bermingham explores the complex, ambiguous, and often contradictory relationship between English landscape painting and the socio-economic changes that accompanied enclosure and the Industrial Revolution.

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