i George Bellows, Cliff Dwellers, 1913, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Image: Wikimedia Commons

11- NEW – Picturing the Nation: American Painting 1760-1910


Course 11 – NEW – Summer School Online

Monday 20 June – Friday 24 June
Dr Kate Grandjouan

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Course description

Setting out from the settler worlds of colonial Philadelphia and concluding in the metropolis of the early 20th century – New York – this course will survey a crucial period in the development of an American art. Major figures studied will include Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins,Robert Henri and George Bellows. A central – if elusive question – will be the role that art plays in the invention of national traditions. From the 19th century, critics, curators and scholars promoted the idea of a uniquely national art, arguing that environments specific to America were conditioning certain types of subjects and shaping the recurrence of particular styles. Yet painters lived in transatlantic worlds: global travellers, they were astute at inserting themselves into new contexts and bringing international developments back home. Weaving together local, national and international frameworks, this course investigates the definition of American art, drawing attention to a central relationship between art, history and national identity.

Lecturer’s biography

Dr Kate Grandjouan is a lecturer in Art History at the New College of Humanities in London and a tutor in Art History at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. She gained a PhD in eighteenth-century British art from The Courtauld where she subsequently taught. Her post-doctoral research has been supported by fellowships from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. Her work has appeared in British Art StudiesEighteenth-Century Studies and The British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. A chapter in Satire and the Multiplicity of Forms: 1600 – 1830: Textual and Graphic Transformations is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.