Misere: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century

Misere: The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century


Linda Nochlin is arguably one of the most influential historians of our time, playing an integral role in the development of feminist critique of art history. In Misere, she explores how the Industrial Revolution created a new model of civilisation and compelled artists to employ their craft to come to terms with the unprecedented level of social, material and psychological change.

Nochlin traces the history of this transformation by examining how it was represented in the fine arts of the nineteenth century. She studies towering intellects of the age – including Dickens, Carlyle, Engels, Hugo, Buret, Disraeli, and de Tocqueville – as well as lesser known figures who were trying to grapple artistically with their new realities.

Told through an engaging narrative, paintings, prints, newspaper illustrations, photography and a variety of texts, Nochlin utilises sources from the time to support her arguments and illuminates the parallels between the 19th century and modern day America.

Product Code 1046321
Author Linda Nochlin
Dimensions 23.4 x 15.3 cm
Format Hardback
ISBN 9780500239698
Pages 176
Published March 2018
Publisher Thames & Hudson
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