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  • The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics In France 1848-1851

    By T.J. Clark

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520217447
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: February 1999
    When this book and its companion volume, Image of the People, appeared in 1973, they were taken as a challenge to the way art was usually written about. "This book," said the Times, "is a product of that school of art history whose history is as well read as its art, and whilst it covers only a small area of time and place, Clark's approach and style are such that it throws up enough ideas and pleasures to illuminate far beyond its rather special circumstances. It is suffused with wit and pathetic irony."T. J. Clark's subject is painting and printmaking in the years following the 1848 Revolution in France, "a time", he argues, "when art and politics could not escape each other." The book tells the story of a handful of artists trying to take advantage of that unfamiliar--and short-lived--situation. Daumier and Millet are central, particularly in their dealings with the new State's art patronage machine; Delacroix figures as painter and diarist, in agonized withdrawal from the possibility of change, haunted by his own Liberty Guiding the People; and Baudelaire is depicted, after a moment of tortured political involvement in the first months of the Republic, as the great poet of postrevolutionary despair.
  • The Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture: The Birth of the French School, 1648-1793

    By Christian Michel

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781606065358
    • Publisher: Getty Research Institute
    • Published: February 2018
  • The Age of Illusion: Art and Politics In France 1918-1940

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780500274842
    • Publisher: W.W. NORTON
    • Published: January 1990
  • The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard : Masterpieces of French Genre Painting

    By Colin Bailey

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780888847676
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: January 2004
    The first comprehensive survey of French genre painting of the 18th century, from Watteau's fete galantes to Boilly's paintings of modern Parisian life. The book showcases 113 works in illustration of the variaty & vitalitiy of genre painting throughout the period, featuring woorks by Lancret, de Troy, Chardin, Boucher, Greuze, & Robert, that encompass military scenes, theastrical subjects, hunt pictures, pastorals, domestic & moral pictures, paintings for the boudoir, & panoramas of the Enligh Enlightenment in landscapes & townscapes. Works are thoroughly catalogued. List of all genre paintings in 18th-century Salons.
  • The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting

    By Colin Bailey

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300099461
    • Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    • Published: August 2003
    Published as the catalogue to the exhibition 2003-2004, @National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, National Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin/2003-2004. A broad, comprehensive survey of French genre painting of the 18th century, from Watteau's fetes galantes to Boilly's paintings of modern Parisian life. Showcasing 113 works, the book illustrates the variety andthe vitality of genre painting throughout the period: military scenes, theatrical subjects, hunt pictures, pastorals, domestic life, moral pictures, the boudoir, landscapes. Each work thoroughly catalogued. Addenda. 412p.
  • Ancien Regime (1620-1775) (L'Art Francais: Vol. 3)

    By Andre Chastel

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9782080101907
    • Publisher: Flammarion
    • Published: September 1997
    Text in French.
  • Andre Beaudin

    By Georges Limbour

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112353662
    • Publisher: Editions Verve
    • Published: May 1961
    Text in French.
  • Antonio Canova and the Politics of Patronage In Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe

    By Christopher Johns

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520212015
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    • Published: October 1998
    This first sustained study of the sculptor's strategy of political ambivalence in relation to his patrons and contemporary politics. Selected biblio., index. 271p.
  • Art Nouveau In Fin-De-Siecle France

    By Debora L. Silverman

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520080881
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    • Published: October 1992
    Examines the political, social, economic, intellectual, and artistic factors that influenced the development of art nouveau
  • Art and Architecture In France 1500-1700

    By Anthony Blunt

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300053142
    • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    • Published: November 1992
  • Art and Architecture In France, 1500-1700

    By Anthony Blunt

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300077483
    • Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    • Published: November 1999
  • Art and the French Commune: Imagining Paris After War and Revolution

    By Albert Boime

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780691015552
    • Publisher: PRINCETON UP
    • Published: January 1997
    In this bold exploration of the political forces that shaped Impressionism, Albert Boime proposes that at the heart of the modern is a "guilty secret"--the need of the dominant, mainly bourgeois, classes in Paris to expunge from historical memory the haunting nightmare of the Commune and its socialist ideology. The Commune of 1871 emerged after the Prussian war when the Paris militia chased the central government to Versailles, enabling the working class and its allies to seize control of the capital. Eventually violence engulfed the city as traditional liberals and moderates joined forces with reactionaries to restore Paris to "order"--the bourgeois order. Here Boime examines the rise of Impressionism in relation to the efforts of the reinstated conservative government to "rebuild" Paris, to return it to its Haussmannian appearance and erase all reminders of socialist threat. Boime contends that an organized Impressionist movement owed its initiating impulse to its complicity with the state's program. The exuberant street scenes, spaces of leisure and entertainment, sunlit parks and gardens, the entire concourse of movement as filtered through an atmosphere of scintillating light and color all constitute an effort to reclaim Paris visually and symbolically for the bourgeoisie. Amply documented, richly illustrated, and compellingly argued, Boime's thesis serves as a challenge to all cultural historians interested in the rise of modernism.
  • Art of July Monarchy: France 1830-1848

    Our Price: $17.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780826207210
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PRESS
    • Published: March 1990
    This in-depth study examines the eighteen-year period in which Louis Philippe became 'King of the French' and during which time public exhibitions and new mass-produced sources of art publication and art criticism brought the art world into nearly every household. Following general introductions on the historical context and artistic background are chapters considering history painting, landscape painting, portraiture, caricature, book illustration and the advent of realism. Artists covered include Delacroix, Ingres, Daumier, Jeanron, Papery, and Marilhat. Exbtn. cat., biblio., index. Illus., 48 color plates, 225 B&W.
  • Art of the Actual: Naturalism and Style in Early Third Republic France, 1880-1900

    By Richard Thomson

    Our Price: $100.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300179880
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: November 2012
    "The book explores the representation between the political culture of early Third Republic France and the visual arts, primarily painting. The Republic had come into being in 1870, but it was only about 1880 that its politics became coherently republican. The regime, with its rhetoric of liberty, equality and fraternity, pursued policies which were secular and anti-clerical, also emphasizing its commitment to science and technology. By this time naturalism was becoming the dominant mode in contemporary intellectual life and literature. With its understanding that art of all kinds should be drawn from the everyday world, that no subject was unworthy to be treated, and a degree of flexibility in representation , naturalism was an ideal aesthetic match forrepublican ideology. This consensual alliance was the dominant cultural mode in early Third Republic France, found in public decorations, Salon paintings and throughout visual culture. The book also considers how some artists, aided by the liberalizationof censorship in 1881, stretched the frontiers of the descriptive and added a critical edge to their work by introducing elements of caricatural style into their work. It asks whether under an ostensibly egalitarian Republic there was genuinely art produced by and for the people, not necessarily in hock to naturalist paradigms, or whether art was essentially filtered down from the upper echelons. The various ways artists stretched naturalist expectation, particularly by engaging with scientific concepts,is also assessed"--
  • Artists Under Vichy: A Case of Prejudice and Persecution

    By Michele C. Cone

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780691040882
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: February 1992
    While France endured one of the darkest hours of its entire history, from the occupation of Paris in June 1940 to the liberation of the city four years later, the French art world displayed an astonishing burst of creativity, an atmosphere of laissez-faire and pluralism that seems at odds with the repressive nature of culture under authoritarian regimes. So reveals Michele Cone in this provocative work on the art of Vichy and occupied France. But, as Cone also discloses, Vichy xenophobia and Nazi racism kept many artists from participating in this bonanza of artistic activity. In Artists under Vichy, both narrative and illustrations demonstrate in full detail the contrast between the "haves" and the "have-nots" during a vital but until now little explored artistic period.The first section of the work analyzes the lavish attention paid to both academic and nonacademic art by the official French press, by Vichy, and by German observers. Cone hypothesizes that the German strategy in Vichy France was to allow the display of nonconformist art, outlawed as "degenerate" in Germany, in order to distract the public from the secret seizure of museum pieces and Jewish art collections--and from other, far greater Nazi crimes.Neither among the "haves" nor the "have-nots," Picasso, forbidden to exhibit, lived through this period in Paris, quietly but productively. The second section of this book considers his production and that of the true "have-nots"--persecuted artists, including resisters and Jews, in hiding or self-imposed exile from Paris in the free zone. Among the "have-nots" discussed here are Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Alberto Magnelli, Otto Freundlich, Victor Brauner, and Hans Bellmer.With increasing public interest focused on art branded "degenerate" by Hitler, Cone's text provides exciting new insights into creativity, collaboration, and resistance in artists' milieux under a repressive regime.

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