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The Resource Aesthetic self-reliance : Emersonian influence on the development of American art, Adrienne Rumsey

Aesthetic self-reliance : Emersonian influence on the development of American art, Adrienne Rumsey

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Aesthetic self-reliance : Emersonian influence on the development of American art
Title
Aesthetic self-reliance
Title remainder
Emersonian influence on the development of American art
Statement of responsibility
Adrienne Rumsey
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This essay is an examination of the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson on the development of American art through his essays, specifically his writings on nature and self-reliance. Through emphasizing individual potential, Emerson also influenced the visual arts. Instead of following the required formula in Europe of attending certain ateliers and seeking prestigious patronage, American artists, namely the Luminists and the Ashcan School, sought to address the issues of their day and portray life as it existed around them. Each of these groups formed during periods of time when American society was shifting and the American identity was evolving. Through addressing the issues at hand, artists formed an American aesthetic separate from the traditional methodologies in Europe, in turn, contributing to a national identity
  • After the Civil War, the United States underwent considerable change as different areas of the nation redefined themselves in conjunction to new laws and shifts in social structure. For the Luminists, the writings of Emerson concerning nature were especially applicable during this time since most people in the United States lived in rural circumstances and still struggled to define a national art separate from European tradition. Emerson focused on nature?s ability to uplift and inspire mankind, bringing them closer to the Divine and America?s unique and untamed nature was one aspect that separated it from Europe. The Luminists focused on their surrounding natural environment, portraying the connection between man and nature
  • During the Progressive Age, Robert Henri followed Emerson?s instruction to illustrate life as it existed for him in the early twentieth century. By this time, most people had moved to the cities in search of employment and everyone was crammed into small tenements. Henri taught his art students to value and illustrate life in all of its gritty reality. In this way, he followed Emerson to communicate beauty through an honest interpretation of life
  • Although diverse in their techniques, the Luminists and Robert Henri both utilized the ideas of Emerson to help define an American aesthetic
Cataloging source
UPB
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2010
Granting institution
Brigham Young University. Dept. of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature
Illustrations
illustrations
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
Label
Aesthetic self-reliance : Emersonian influence on the development of American art, Adrienne Rumsey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 70-72)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
v, 72 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793708768
Label
Aesthetic self-reliance : Emersonian influence on the development of American art, Adrienne Rumsey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 70-72)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
v, 72 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793708768

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