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Bagneris, Mia L.  Search this
Container of (work): Brunias, Agostino Paintings Selections  Search this
Brunias, Agostino Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
In art
Criticism, interpretation, etc
West Indies
Brunias's tarred brush, or painting Indians black : race-ing the Carib divide -- Merry and contented slaves and other island myths : representing Africans and Afro-Creoles in the Anglo-American world -- Brown-skinned booty, or colonising Diana : mixed-race Venuses and Vixens as the fruits of imperial enterprise -- Can you find the white woman in this picture? Agostino Brunias's 'ladies' of ambiguous race -- Coda : pushing Brunias's buttons, or re-branding the plantocracy's painter ; the afterlife of Brunias's imagery
"Colouring the Caribbean ia the first comprehensive study of Agostino Brunias's West Indian paintings. Working primarily in St. Vincent and Dominica at the end of the eighteenth century, Brunias painted for plantocrats and the colonial elite, creating romanticised pictures featuring Caribbeans of colour--so-called 'Red' and 'Black' Carib Indians, dark-skinned Africans and Afro-Creoles, and people of mixed race. The book explores the full scope of these images, investigating their role in reifying then developing notions of race. Perceived as straightforward documents of visual ethnography, Brunias's paintings have been understood as visual field guides for reading race in the colonial West Indies. For the first time, the book investigates how the artist's images both reflected and refracted ideas about race, helping to construct racial categories while simultaneously exposing their constructedness and underscoring their contradictions. Though grounded in close visual analysis, it uses various critical lenses and an interdisciplinary array of materials, including period historical and literary texts and secondary scholarship from a variety of fields, to inform its interpretations and conclusions. Ultimately, it offers provocative new insights into Brunias's work, gleaned from a broad survey of the artist's paintings, many of which are reproduced here for the first time. A critical addition to the bookshelves of historians working on the art and visual culture of the Anglo-American world, Colouring the Caribbean will also be of interest to scholars in race and gender studies, African diaspora studies, Atlantic world studies, slavery studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and eighteenth-century studies"--Page 4 of cover.
Race in art  Search this
Imperialism in art  Search this
Race relations  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
ND623.B76 B34 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries