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dc.contributor.advisorRoberts, Jennifer L.
dc.contributor.authorPfohl, Katie A
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T20:48:06Z
dash.embargo.terms2016-06-04en_US
dc.date.issued2014-06-06
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationPfohl, Katie A. 2014. American Painting and the Systems of World Ornament. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11537en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12274547
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the work of nineteenth-century American painters Frederic Edwin Church, William Michael Harnett and Albert Pinkham Ryder, and focuses on the relationship between their work in painting and their work in the decorative arts. Through their decorative work, all three artists explored "systems of world ornament" that introduced them to an international range of ornamental form by compiling, cataloguing, and comparing ornament from nearly all cultures and eras. Combining all of world culture single folios, these "systems of world ornament" promised to help American artists and designers study and sort a wide range of cultural influences into temporal and geographic order and thus make sense of the increasingly internationalized nature of American material culture. As this dissertation argues, the study of these "systems of world ornament" became for American artists and designers a powerful--if problematic--tool for distilling the increasingly international nature of American art and culture into a material form--and a formal painterly language--that opened it up to comment and critique. Ornament has to a large extent been understood as a mode of retreat rather than engagement with the clean lines and streamlined aesthetic of the twentieth-century, a crust that had to be cleared from painting's surface so that it might embrace the revolutionary potential of the technological and artistic innovations of the twentieth-century, but this dissertation argues the opposite--that ornament crucially informed American painters' attempts to update painting in response to the artistic challenges of increasingly internationalized twentieth-century life.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Art and Architectureen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjectArt historyen_US
dc.titleAmerican Painting and the Systems of World Ornamenten_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorPfohl, Katie A
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thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory of Art and Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKelsey, Robinen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoxburgh, Daviden_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedPfohl, Katie A


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