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

Linda Nochlin
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An incisive new piece of scholarship from renowned art historian Linda Nochlin tackling the concept of "mis re," or social misery, as it was reflected in the work of writers, artists, and philosophers in the nineteenth century
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The coming of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century witnessed unprecedented changes in society: rapid economic progress went hand-in-hand with appalling working conditions, displacement, squalor and destitution for those at the bottom of the social scale. These new circumstances presented a challenge to contemporary image-makers, who wished to capture the effects of hunger, poverty and alienation in Britain, Ireland and France in the era before documentary photography.

In this groundbreaking book, the eminent art historian Linda Nochlin examines the styles and expressive strategies that were used by artists and illustrators to capture this misere, roughly characterized as poverty that afflicts both body and soul. She investigates images of the Irish Famine in the period 1846-51; the gendered representation of misery, particularly of poor women and prostitutes; and the work of three very different artists: Theodore Gericault, Gustave Courbet and the less wellknown Fernand Pelez. The artists' desire to depict the poor and the outcast accurately and convincingly is still a pertinent issue, though now, as Nochlin observes, the question has a moral and ethical dimension - does the documentary style belittle its subjects and degrade their condition?
 

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ISBN 9780500239698
Publisher THAMES & HUDSON
Format Hardback
Publication date 1 Mar 2018

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