Imagining The Pacific

Bernard Smith
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Imagining The Pacific

Published

1 June 2018

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9780522874648

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Miegunyah Press

Imagining The Pacific

Bernard Smith
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Bernard Smith continues his careful examination of how European artists and scientists travelling to the Pacific during the time of Cook's voyages were stimulated to see the world in new and creative ways.
In this book Bernard Smith explores in more depth the issued first dealt with in his classic European Vision and the South Pacific. He continues his careful examination of how European artists and scientists travelling to the Pacific during the time of Cook's voyages were stimulated to see the world in new and creative ways.

In analysing intensely personal responses to a new accessible environment, Bernard Smith shows how science, topography and travel had an impact on current pictorial genres. Among many surprising findings he argues that the obligation science placed on art to provide information was a factor in the triumph of Impressionism during the late nineteenth century.

With its breadth of vision and attention to detail, its exploration of the complex relationship between the pursuit of knowledge and the exercise of power, Imagining the Pacific takes its place alongside Bernard Smith's earlier work as a milestone in historical scholarship.
In this book Bernard Smith explores in more depth the issued first dealt with in his classic European Vision and the South Pacific. He continues his careful examination of how European artists and scientists travelling to the Pacific during the time of Cook's voyages were stimulated to see the world in new and creative ways.

In analysing intensely personal responses to a new accessible environment, Bernard Smith shows how science, topography and travel had an impact on current pictorial genres. Among many surprising findings he argues that the obligation science placed on art to provide information was a factor in the triumph of Impressionism during the late nineteenth century.

With its breadth of vision and attention to detail, its exploration of the complex relationship between the pursuit of knowledge and the exercise of power, Imagining the Pacific takes its place alongside Bernard Smith's earlier work as a milestone in historical scholarship.

Bernard Smith

Bernard William Smith (1916–2011) was Australia’s most eminent twentieth century art historian and a major thinker in the humanities. His first book Place, Taste and Tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788 is a key text in Australian art history, while European Vision and the South Pacific, first published in 1960, remains a pioneering masterpiece in the art and sciences of empire, imperialism and cultural contact in the Pacific.

Smith was the president…

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