Nineteenth-Century Art by Laurie Schneider is a book I’ve read right after Adams’ Art. It focuses on the art of the nineteenth century. Just like in the book Art, she writes solely about Western art.

Nineteenth-Century Art -  Laurie Schneider Adams

Nineteenth-Century Art covers neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism and post-impressionism and, the famous names of these movements. It is quite pleasant to read briefly how the movements emerged and how the masses met these art movements at the time. This book can be a great choice for a person who knows nothing about Western art in the nineteenth century. You can learn a lot of things from this little book; it may be short but it is informative, it also covers different artists (and occasionally different branches of art).

If you are familiar with the art of this period, the book may not add a lot to you. But this book is nice to have cause if you ever want to freshen up your memory, you can always check this out and use it as a pocketbook too.

About the book: Nineteenth-Century Art

Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Rodin’s The Thinker. Monet’s water lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The nineteenth-century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that we can picture many of them at an instant.  However, at the time their avant-garde nature was the cause of much controversy.

Professor Laurie Schneider Adams brings vividly to life the paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture of the period vividly with her infectious enthusiasm for art and detailed explorations of individual works. Offering fascinating biographical details and the relevant social, political and cultural context, Adams provides the reader with an understanding of both how revolutionary the works were at the time and of their enduring appeal. 

About the author: Laurie Schneider Adams

Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of A History of Western Art and Looking at Art, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art.

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