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Race and Racism in Nineteenth-Century Art

The Ascendency of Robert Duncanson, Edward Bannister, and Edmonia Lewis

Naurice Frank Woods Jr. (author) George Dimock (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781496834348

Publication Date: Jul 2021

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Provides an in-depth examination of the strategies deployed by painters Robert Duncanson, Edward Bannister, and sculptor Mary Lewis that enabled them to not only overcome prevailing race and gender inequality, but also achieve a measure of success that eventually placed them in the top rank of nineteenth-century American art.
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Painters Robert Duncanson (ca. 1821-1872) and Edward Bannister (1828-1901) and sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. 1844-1907) each became accomplished African American artists. But as emerging art makers of color during the antebellum period, they experienced numerous incidents of racism that severely hampered their pursuits of a profession that many in the mainstream considered the highest form of social cultivation. Despite barriers imposed upon them due to their racial inheritance, these artists shared a common cause in demanding acceptance alongside their white contemporaries as capable painters and sculptors on local, regional, and international levels.

Author Naurice Frank Woods Jr. provides an in-depth examination of the strategies deployed by Duncanson, Bannister, and Lewis that enabled them to not only overcome prevailing race and gender inequality, but also achieve a measure of success that eventually placed them in the top rank of nineteenth-century American art.

Unfortunately, the racism that hampered these three artists throughout their careers ultimately denied them their rightful place as significant contributors to the development of American art. Dominant art historians and art critics excluded them in their accounts of the period. In this volume, Woods restores their artistic legacies and redeems their memories, introducing these significant artists to rightful, new audiences.
Illustrations 30 black & white illustrations
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2021
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s History of the Americas   History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900   Ethnic studies  
Naurice Frank Woods Jr. is associate professor of African American studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is author of Henry Ossawa Tanner: Art, Faith, Race, and Legacy; African American Pioneers in Art, Film, and Music; History of African Americans in the Segregated United States Military: From America's War of Independence to the Korean War; Rooted in the and the African American Experience; Lose Not Courage, Lose Not Faith, Go Forward: Selected; Topics from the African American Experience, 1900-2000; and Picturing a People: A History of African Americans from 1619-1900.

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