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The Co-Evolution of Literature and Visual Culture

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by Lori Brister on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of The Co-Evolution of Literature and Visual Culture

Romantic poets
William Wordsworth
William Blake
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
John Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lord Byron
The Picturesque
Romantic and Picturesque
The Bloomsbury Group
Now of colour it must be noted that the color which reaches the eye from any part of a given object is made up of several factors, first there is what we call the local colour of the object, secondly the colour of the incident light at that point, thirdly the angle at which the light strikes the surface (for the further from a right angle that it falls, the less will the local colour affect the light which is given off from the object) and finally there is the alteration of the colour by the atmosphere lying between the object and the eye.
--"The Philosophy of Impressionism," Fry
A late afternoon sun is shining across a landscape; in the foreground we will suppose there is the figure of a woman with white bonnet and pink dress gleaning in the stubble feild across which her shadow is cast. What will surprise the spectator, unaccustomed to Impressionist ways of looking at nature, will be, among other things, the intense blue violet colour on certain parts of the white bonnet--the blue green and violet cast shadows and the intense purple of certain shaded parts of the pink dress.
--"The Philosophy of Impressionism," Fry
"Here, sometimes, those who knew her experiences would stand and observe her, and wonder what sombre thoughts were beating inside that impassive, wrinkled brow, to the rhythm of the alternating milk-streams."
--"The Withered Arm,"
Thomas Hardy, on the interior mind
Post-Modernism
Impressionism
Exterior Vs. Interior
Nineteenth Century Realism:
The camera sees things as they really are.

Blake's Ancient of Days
Claude's Landscape with Merchants
Turner's Slave Ship
A Daguerreotype of Daguerre
Henry Fox Talbot
Photographic Realism in Francis Frith's Derby Day
William Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience
Photography and Deceit in William Mumler's "spirit photograph" of Mary Todd Lincoln
Mugshots and Physiognomy: When the camera sees what's inside.
Phrenological Chart: A "science" of the interior mind
How things appear to the human eye:
Monet's Impression du Matin
Changing Representations of sexuality in
Toulouse-Lautrec's Dans le Lit, le Baiser
Virginia Woolf
Roger Fry
Lemmen's Beach at Heist
Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte
How things appear and feel:
Van Gogh's Starry Night
,
Art and Advertisement
The effects of war on the city: Peronne, France
Cubasim, an experiment in representing movement in time and space: Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase
Art and War: Picasso's Guernica
The Persistence of Memory: Dali's continued experiments with time, space, and dreamscapes
Jackson Pollock's Abstract Expression
The gap between reality and representation: Magritte's The Treachery of Images
Art and Consumerism: Warhol's Tomato Soup
Cubism, The War, Time, and Space
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