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Essay from The Third Mind, American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989: Aestheticism & Japan: The Cult of the Orient
Essay from The Third Mind, American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989: Aestheticism & Japan: The Cult of the Orient
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Vivien Greene

Exploring the influence Asian art, religion, and philosophy had on a generation of American artists associated with the Aesthetic movement, this essay turns to iconic figures such as John La Farge, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and James McNeill Whistler to display the effect of these new trends. Vivien Greene stresses the importance of these artists' written travel accounts, the art objects that they brought back, and the translations of religious and philosophical texts within the work of Mary Cassatt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, La Farge, Henry David Thoreau, and Whistler.

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