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Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic
Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850
An extraordinary collection of pieces from the three plus decade career of one of Britain’s most important Marxist art-historians.
This collection brings together for the first time many of the influential Marxist art-historian Andrew Hemingway’s most important works on Romantic landscape painting. With a careful eye for both the ideological and aesthetic aspects of a wide range of pieces, Hemingway’s keen insights offer stunning new perspectives on some of the most important painters of the era.
Reviews
  • "This remarkable book on the complex, contradictory relations between aesthetics, politics and the art of landscape painting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is the product of more than three decades' patient, perceptive thinking about their constellation. Its probing, historically nuanced interpretations of individual canvases and their ideological accretions are as elegant as they are rigorous; and its ongoing attempt to map the theoretical and political contours of Marxist theories of art and aesthetics, to which it represents a signal contribution itself, is commanding. Landscape between Ideology and the Aesthetic is a fascinating as well as fitting testament to Andrew Hemingway's influential career as an unapologetically Marxist art historian."

    —Matthew Beaumont, author of Nightwalking

     

    "Andrew Hemingway’s collection of essays on eighteenth-century aesthetics and Romantic landscape painting, written over many years, demonstrates vividly the contribution that Marxism has made to both subjects.”

    —David Bindman

     

    “This exceptionally fine study offers a nuanced and profound historical analysis of varieties of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British art.  Wearing his learning lightly, Hemingway integrates the finest detail of close empirical research into an enjoyably readable narrative.  He demonstrates conclusively how a critically-sophisticated Marxist approach opens up extraordinarily rewarding insights into a cultural history where the pictorial interplayed with the economic, literary, and political.  He offers as outstanding an account of the ideas of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosophers as of the Norwich painters and along the way resoundingly demonstrates quite how much of actual value is to be had from the disciplined and multidisciplinary interrogation of historical art.” 

    —Michael Rosenthal