Christian Krohg's naturalism / Øystein Sjåstad
- Sjåstad, Øystein
- Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- xvii, 238 pages ; 28 cm.
- New directions in Scandinavian studies
- Christian Krohg, the radical naturalist -- Naturalism, the dark side of realism -- The heroism of the scientist -- Hippolyte Taine and the modern breakthrough in Scandinavia -- Christian Krohg in Skagen : painting according to Taine -- Naturalism and the beholder : sympathy and theatricality -- Naturalist paragone : literature and painting -- Albertine in the police doctor's waiting room : panopticon, spectacle, speculum -- Modern pessimism : from naturalism to symbolism -- Epilogue : naturalism is dead, long live naturalism!
- The Norwegian painter, novelist, and social critic Christian Krohg (1852-1925) is best known for his highly political paintings of workers, prostitutes, and Skagen fishermen of the 1880s and for serving as a mentor to Edvard Munch. One of the Nordic countries' most avant-garde naturalist artists, he was highly influenced by French thinkers, including Emile Zola, Claude Bernard, and Hippolyte Taine, and shocked the provincial sensibilities of his time. Krohg's work reached beyond the art world when his book Albertine and its related paintings were banned upon publication. The story of a young seamstress who turns to a life of prostitution, it galvanized support for outlawing prostitution in Norway, but Krohg was punished for its sexual content. In Christian Krohg's Naturalism, Oystein Sjastad examines the theories of Krohg and his fellow naturalists and their reception in Scandinavian intellectual circles, viewing Krohg from an international perspective and demonstrating how Krohg's art made a striking contribution to European naturalism. In the process, he provides the definitive account of Krohg's art in the English language.
- 9780295742069 (hardcover ; alk. paper) and 0295742062 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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