Picturing the Americas Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic Peter John Brownlee, Valéria Piccoli, Georgiana Uhlyarik

Publication date:
11 Sep 2015
Yale University Press
280 pages: 279 x 229mm
260 color illus.
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A bold and richly illustrated survey of the traditions and stylistic evolution of landscape painting in the Americas  

As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. By 1840, landscape painting had become the primary medium for articulating conceptions of land and nation in the development of North and South American cultural identity. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940.
The catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O’Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico’s José María Velasco, Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, and Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral, among many others. Leading scholars offer a Pan-American perspective on these landscape traditions: essays consider the emergence of modernism, as well as how the development of landscape imagery reflects the intricately intertwined geographies and sociopolitical histories of the peoples, nations, regions, and diasporas of the two continents. 

Peter John Brownlee is associate curator, Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago. Valéria Piccoli is chief curator, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil. Georgiana Uhlyarik is associate curator of Canadian art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.