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10: The New World Grows (1700 CE – 1800 CE)

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  • The New World Grows as the colonized world, America, Canada, and Australia are settled under European influence. Most of the artists were born in other countries and moved to different parts of the new world to escape war, imperialism or religious persecution. Some areas of the countries were still being discovered by the colonizers while others were being settled, establishing a contentious and disastrous relationship with the indigenous populations.

    • 10.1: Overview
      The colonization of the American continents occurred through the competition of the big European countries, changing the economic structure of the world and enabling the European countries to extend their wealth for some time.
    • 10.2: Portraits (18th Century)
      The colonization of the American continents occurred through the competition of the big European countries, changing the economic structure of the world and enabling the European countries to extend their wealth for some time.
    • 10.3: George Washington Portraits (18th Century)
      Iconic American portraits were significant in creating the perception of the New World. George Washington was the first American president, and the only president unanimously elected to office.
    • 10.4: Early American Folk Art (1650 – 1900)
      Folk Art refers to art made for utilitarian purposes, for example, rugs, checkerboards, weathervanes, items generally used daily around the home and farm.
    • 10.5: New World Furniture and Crafts (18th Century)
      The demand for beautiful furniture in the 18th century created a new class of artisans. These skilled craftsmen became experienced cabinet makers constructing fine furniture for the plantation manors to small items for local households.
    • 10.6: Natural History Illustration (18th Century)
      A scientific illustrator is an artist who records the intricate parts of plants, animals or birds. Using fine pens, pencils and watercolor, the artist sketches small elements with exacting detail creating an illustration. With the discovery of the new world, there was a great interest in the plants and animals in different areas, many of them unknown to the Europeans and considered strange and exotic. Explorers frequently hired illustrators to accompany them on their explorations.
    • 10.7: Textiles (Ongoing)
      All cultures have used textiles for over 5,000 years or more, not only as a necessity but also as a decorative art form. Some textiles have been prized and traded for centuries as the silk from China by the Silk Road.
    • 10.8: Conclusion and Contrast
    • 10.9: Chapter 10 Attributions

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