Author: Astrid Tvetenstrand

Astrid Tvetenstrand (she/her) recently obtained her PhD in American & New England Studies at Boston University. Her work investigates the relationships between collection, art patronage, land ownership, and American landscape art. She argues that the process of collecting art and land in the nineteenth century was an effort made by affluent Americans to “buy a view.” By recognizing landscape paintings as investments and monetary goods, Astrid sheds new light on Gilded Age consumerism, aesthetics, and taste. She also localizes art market exchanges within a larger conversation about the privatization of public space.