Book Series XIX: Studies in 19th-Century Art and Visual Culture, vol. 4

Making Waves: Crosscurrents in the Study of Nineteenth-Century Art

Laurinda Dixon, Gabriel P. Weisberg (eds)

  • Pages: iv + 277 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:45 b/w, 61 col., 3 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2020

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58440-9
  • Hardback
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Making Waves: Crosscurrents in the Study of Nineteenth-Century Art points the way toward futher appreciation and understanding of an era that still resonates strongly in our contemporary culture.


Laurinda S. Dixon is Professor Emerita of Art History at Syracuse University, New York. Her scholarship considers the intersection of art and science- particularly alchemy, herbalism, medicine, astrology, and music- from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. She is the author of many articles, book chapters, and ten books.

Gabriel P. Weisberg is Professor Emeritus in Art History at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has published widely in European and American journals, and is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Japonisme, published by Brill (Leiden). He has curated many important international exhibitions, and is the author of more than fifty books and exhibition catalogues.


Making Waves: Crosscurrents in the Study of Nineteenth-Century Art honours the life work of Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, who continues to lead the field in the study of the art of the nineteenth century. The twenty-eight essays in this book are authored by some of her many friends, students, and colleagues, including seasoned academics and those at the beginning of their careers; museum professionals and private-sector arts administrators; and American, European, and Chinese scholars. Following Petra Chu’s example, and avoiding opaque theoretical language and extended technical analysis, authors present original ideas, based primarily on the study of objects and their documented historical contexts. Though their methodologies are diverse, their purposes are clear and their language straight-forward. The essays thoughtfully and respectfully address the solid reality of the nineteenth century in all of its complex (and sometimes repugnant) sensibilities. They disrupt traditional art historical categories and methodologies, and highlight topics that have been long ignored and overlooked. Making Waves demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, that art historians still have much to say to each other and to their readers, and that nineteenth-century art has only begun to be explored in all its complexity and variety.


Laurinda S. Dixon and Gabriel P. Weisberg, Art of the Long and Enduring Nineteenth Century: Order from Chaos

Forward into the Past

Laurinda S. Dixon, Suffering for Art: A Nineteenth-Century Revival of a Seventeenth-Century Motif
Agnieszka Rosales-Rodriguez, The Dutch Dimension of Polish Painting in the Nineteenth Century
Gary Schwartz, 'The Dreyfus Rembrandts: Smoke with No Gun'

Style and Meaning

Sally Webster, The Old-Master Tradition in the United States: Essential and Rejected
Isabel L. Taube, William Merritt Chase’s Unexpected Homage to Henri Regnault
Gabriel P. Weisberg, A Conservative Becomes Progressive: P. A. J. Dagnan-Bouveret’s Horses at the Watering Trough Reconsidered

Art, Artifice, and the Natural World

Anne Helmreich, The Crisis of Modern British Landscape Painting: The Case of Cecil Gordon Lawson
Elizabeth Mansfield, Courbet and the Art of Making Waves
Jenny Reynaerts, Pioneer: The Dutch-American Painter Alexander Wüst (1837-76)

Packaging and Marketing the Female Figure

Jennifer Milam, Greuze Girls and the Painterly Embodiment of Sexual Pleasure
Leanne Zalewski, The 'Hysterical' Goddess: Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Bellona
Ruth E. Iskin, The Material Culture and Gender of Print Connoisseurship in 1890s Paris
Marjan Sterckx, The Heijermans Case: Censorship of the Female (Artist's) Gaze in Fin-de-Siècle Brussels

The Politics of Display and Accessibility

Rachel Esner, Jean-Léon Gérôme: The Artist in Word and Image
Francesco Freddolini, A Failed Commission for the Washington Mall: Aristodemo Costoli and the Columbus Group
Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort, The Interaction of Artists, Dealers, and Collectors at Two Atypical Studio Buildings in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Gail Feigenbaum, A Considerable Advantage: Joint Account and the Transatlantic Art Market ca. 1900

Crossing Boundaries

Patricia Mainardi, Crisscrossing the Channel, Depicted by Themselves
Roberto C. Ferrari, Dressed à la Perse: An Orientalist Portrait of James Justinian Morier
Alia Nour, Egyptian-French Cultural Encounters at the Opening of the Suez Canal in 1869

Laura Coyle, Windows and Touchstones: A Photograph Album from Connecticut, 1890-1910

Public Taste and Popular Culture

Kasia Murawska-Muthesius, Chopin and Caricature
Therese Dolan, Sonic Strategies: Manet's Street Singers
Laurie Dahlberg, 'Strange Abominations': French Tableau Photography and its Critics

Forward into the Present

Charlotte Nichols, Inside Out: The Fortuny 'Delphos' and the Renaissance Camicia
Liu Jing, From Realism to Socialist Realism: The Revolutionary Interpretation of Nineteenth-Century European Realist Art in Red China of the Mid-Twentieth Century
Sharon Flescher, World War II Lingers in Restitution Claims for Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Art
Emily Pugh, Pop Cultures, Now and Then: Mass Media and Modern Design in the Postwar U.S.

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