Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960
This gorgeously illustrated book investigates how leading American artists of diverse aesthetic convictions responded in a range of media-including paintings, drawings, prints and photographs-to the unique challenges of picturing the night. Retooling their palette and reconsidering their techniques, artists cherished the night as a time of heightened alertness and active imagination. Mysterious and provocative, the darkness was experienced as liberating, both on an aesthetic and personal level-allowing artists to become invisible, turn inward and express personal truths in unique and poetic ways. Night Vision expands the conversation on American art and the rise of modernism, as it demonstrates how the theme of the night inspired artists who sought to leave behind established styles and traditions to better reflect the broader societal and technological shifts as well as a new understanding of the value of art as personal expression. Published in association with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.