Response: Romancing the Modern: Nemerov, Wyeth, and the Limits of American Art History

Rosenberg, Eric
March 2006
Art Bulletin;Mar2006, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p27
Academic Journal
The article discusses the arguments raised by art critic Alexander Nemerov on American art in the article "The Boy in Bed: The Scene of Reading in N. C. Wyeth's Wreck of the 'Covenant'." Nemerov asserts that the interpretation of American art is based on the acknowledgment of ways in which it mobilizes the devices, tropes and ideologies of the Romantic. For the author, the painting become a virtual iconography of developmental psychology. It cites that the blackness of trauma is the subject of the painting.


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