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Painting Out of the Ordinary:
Modernity and the Art of Everday Life in Early Nineteenth-Century England

David H. Solkin

Price
£45
Series
Paul Mellon Lectures
Type
Print
Publicaton Date
May 2008
Standard Number
9780300140613
Distributor
Yale University Press
Specifications
288 pages

At the height of the Napoleonic Wars, a new generation of painters led by the precociously talented David Wilkie took London's art world by storm. Their novel approach to the depiction of everyday life marked the beginning a trajectory that links the art of the Age of Revolution with the postmodern culture of today.

What emerged from the imagery of Wilkie and other early 19th-century British genre painters—among them William Mulready, Edward Bird, and the controversial watercolorist Thomas Heaphy—was a sense that common people were increasingly bound up with the exceptional events of history, that traditional boundaries between country and city were melting away, and that a more regularized and dynamic present was everywhere encroaching upon the customary patterns of the past.

About the author

  • David H. Solkin

    Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art

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