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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415780721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415780728
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michelle Facos teaches art history at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research explores the changing relationship between artists and society since the Enlightenment and issues of identity. Prior publications include Nationalism and the Nordic Imagination: Swedish Painting of the 1890s (1998), Art, Culture and National Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, co-edited with Sharon Hirsh (2003), and Symbolist Art in Context (2009).


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I bought this book in order to have an overview of the most important trends/artists of the nineteeth century. The first chapers were well covered, but as I went along, it got more and more repetitive.
I believe authors should leave out their convictions when writing in the third person. She keeps on about how badly women were regarded, how unfair and cruel was a male-dominated society against women. I think most of us already know this, and I (and [probably most of you) chose this book to read about art, not feminism.
Also, the chapter about photography went too much in depth. If only the writer did the same when covering fine art topics....

I suggest the Pelican History of Art series instead. Maybe the books are not visually as attractive but they are more comprenhensive and far better written.
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Briefly covers all you need to know on 19th century art - very good starting point, easy to read, necessity for art history students
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Purchased as a gift and arrived on time. Happy buyer. Many thanks.
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HASH(0x90f589b4) out of 5 stars An Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Art (for Kindle) 26 Jan. 2014
By Dyana - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book, so much more comprehensive than the text book my professor recommended for the class. I decided to try a brand new textbook just out by Michelle Facos because the textbook used for this course by many universities is very expensive and I read reviews by students who were not happy with it because of its political point of view and extremely complicated writing. Facos' book covers much more of Western art history by including northern European countries such as Sweden. There are many photographs of paintings and sculptures. It is written in an interesting and easy to read style, yet with all the citations and glossary. First of all, the Art History hard cover books are big and heavy. They are also extremely expensive. I wanted to save carrying such a heavy book and decided from then on I was going to look for any book on Kindle that I could substitute for any of my university courses. The material in all of the text books for the same level course will be basically the same, so you can usually substitute any textbook for another one. I saved money, space and carrying heavy loads, by going Kindle.
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HASH(0x9143f474) out of 5 stars One gets a grasp of the art of this time period 22 Oct. 2013
By Dave Schan - Published on Amazon.com
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As I'm learning, the 19th century in art is quite a conglomeration of schools of thoughts and styles. It is also the time where more individuals had disposable income to buy art and more leisure time to view art in museums. The author includes sufficient photos of the art discussed, and discusses the artists and pieces in sufficient detail, that I've gotten a much better sense of trends during that time period.
HASH(0x9143f378) out of 5 stars As usual, too Eurocentric, but al least there are some East European artists. 26 Feb. 2015
By lyndonbrecht - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose this is a textbook but didn't pay much attention to that. This is the best survey of 19th century art I have read. It is still highly Eurocentric (does include US artists) but is more inclusive than usual in that it includes some fine Scandinavian and East European artists whose work is too often not covered, In my view, Russian art in the 1800s was nearly as good as the French. Having no coverage of the art from the rest of the world is lamentable, but normal in this genre of books. That said, this is a good one, as far as it goes.

The book is particularly good in covering the post-Impressionists and the emergence of photography as an element of art.
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HASH(0x91126c00) out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 May 2015
By Rebecca Seaberry - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing book with great pictures.
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HASH(0x985c26d8) out of 5 stars Garbage 30 Sept. 2015
By Sparkly Raven - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is garbage. The first page of the book says it uses the "new tools" of art history: marxism, feminism, and social context to look at 19th century art. Marxism and Feminism are plagues that have been destroying Western nations. I don't need a stinking leftist author to interpret 19th century art for me. There's only a brief mention of Jean Leon Gerome, IMO the greatest 19th century painter, and no mention of William Bouguereau, IMO the 2nd greatest 19th century painter. I don't think the author loves 19th century art the way that I and many other people do. This book is very boring and weakly written. It tries to cover too much ground and does a poor job of it. 19th century art was glorious and this book doesn't do any justice to it.
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