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Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Rodin’s The Thinker. Monet’s Water Lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The 19th century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that we can picture many of them in an instant. At the time, however, their avant-garde nature was the cause of much controversy. Professor Laurie Schneider Adams vividly brings to life the paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture, of the period with her infectious enthusiasm for art and detailed explorations of individual works. Offered fascinating biographical details and the relevant social, political, and cultural context, the reader is left with a deep appreciation for the works and an understanding of how revolutionary they were at the time, as well as the reasons for their enduring appeal.
Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor Emerita of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of several books on art, including Art: A Beginner’s Guide, A History of Western Art, and Looking at Art, and is the editor in chief of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art. She lives in New York City.