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glamour of shades of sapphire-blue and emerald-green through a highly
illustrated book that studies the symbolic nature of the peacock through
the lens of art.
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with that most glamorous of birds.
The peacock, strutting in its
sapphire-blue and emerald-green plumage, symbolizes all things vain and
beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books, and on
clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself.
Intrigued by the exotic art of
Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock and its trail of an
emblazoned train of feathers, Western artists in the 1890s chose the
bird as a symbol of design on their canvases and for objects in the
Though striking Gilded Age peacock
imagery escalated in fin-de-siècle French Art Nouveau and the Art Deco
of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression of 1929 quelled the idea
of beauty for its own sake; art now needed to be more than beautiful it
should serve, first, the social good. While in the aftermath of the
Depression and a world war Americans of the '50s looked, again, for
luxury, modernism gave rise to the ethos "Less is more." The peacock's
profile changed once more, this time into a symbol of drama and
Today, as the contemporary art world renews its embrace of visual beauty, the peacock in form, color, and association resurges.
The first major scholarly
examination of the peacock in visual arts in the United States, England,
and France, from the nineteenth century's Gilded Age to today, Strut,
organized by the Hudson River Museum, has assembled paintings and
decorative arts from museums and private collections throughout the
Contributing essays to the catalog
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art by Bartholomew F. Bland; Penelope
Fritzer; Kirsten M. Jensen; Melissa J. Martens; Ellen E. Roberts; and
Laura L. Vookles.
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Boktitel: Strut. The Peacock and Beauty in Art
Förord: Michael Botwinick
Bokförlag: Fordham University Press