Painting and sculpture in France, 1700-1789 /
Michael Levey.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1993.
318 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1993.
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"Some sections of this book were previously published as part one of Art and architecture of the eighteenth century in France by Penguin Books Ltd., 1972"--T.p. verso.
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Gift to Victoria University Library. Pfaff, Larry. 2006/11/09.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-310) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
When this study appeared in 1972 it was attached to a text by Wend Graf Kalnein that treated French architecture (Art and Architecture of the Eighteenth Century in France, CH, Nov'73). In its new isolated form it is altogether more satisfactory; indeed, it is now the authoritative survey of the subject in English, superseding Philip Conisbee's Painting in Eighteenth-century France (CH, Feb'82) and David Wakefield's Eighteenth-century French Painting (1984). The reasons for this are several. Levey has woven into his text the enormous amount of scholarship that has appeared in the last few years both in exhibition catalogs and in monographs. Thus, in his discussion of the Salons, he expands on the social implications of the institution, basing his remarks on the seminal work of Thomas E. Crow's Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-century Paris (CH, Sep'86). Moreover, because of the limited space in the older volume, he could not discuss the works of several important artists (Largillierre, de Troy, Jouvenet, etc.) of the early part of the century, deferring instead to a previous book in the series. Now their incorporation fleshes out and adds sense to his discussion. The addition of nearly 100 illustrations, many in color, is also testimony to the superiority of the new text. Essential work for all libraries. General; undergraduate and up. L. R. Matteson; University of Southern California
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Genius and talent combine to render both brilliant and varied the image of painting and sculpture in France in the last years of the ancien regime. The outpouring of creative activity and of inspired patronage, both public and private was then unparalleled elsewhere. Gifted exponents of sculpture include the Coustou, Michel-Ange Slodtz, and Caffieri, besides the better-known Falconet, Pigalle, and Houdon: their often monumental work provides a salutary reminder of the seriousness of intention in an age often still stereotyped as frivolous and lightweight. In painting, Restout, Vernet, Oudry and others were appreciated at least as much as Boucher, and portraiture, genre, and still life were all well served. The era may have opened with Watteau and the fete galante, but it closed with a revival of history painting, and with an artistic revolutionary in the person of David. Bringing new insights and information to bear on the work of the great French artists and sculptors of the eighteenth century, Levey has created a book that is at once beautiful and instructive.
Table of Contents
Preface to Part One of Art and Architecture of the Eighteenth Century in France
The Early Years
Painting: From La Fosse to the Death of Lemoyne and the Establishment of the Regular Salon (1737)
Portraiture: Rigaud and Largillierre and their Followingp. 4
History and Decorative Painting: La Fosse - Jouvenet - Louis de Boullongne the younger - Courtin - Santerre - Antoine Coypelp. 10
Bouys - Raoux - Grimoup. 18
Jean-Francois de Troyp. 21
Audran, Huet, Gillotp. 25
Watteaup. 29
Lancret, Pater, Lajoue and Lesser Painters of Fetes Galantesp. 43
Oudry and Parrocel - The Coypel, Restout, and Lemoynep. 47
Sculpture: From the Coustou to Slodtz
Nicolas Coustou and Guillaume Coustou Ip. 62
Van Cleve - Cayot - Lepautre and Other Contemporariesp. 72
Robert Le Lorrainp. 83
The Lemoynep. 85
Bouchardonp. 93
The Brothers Adamp. 101
Michel-Ange Slodtzp. 107
The Middle Years
Sculpture: From the Generation of Falconet and Pigalle to Pajou
Allegrainp. 120
Guillaume Coustou IIp. 121
Vasse and Salyp. 124
Falconetp. 126
Pigallep. 137
Boudard, Caffieri, Tassaert, Lecomte, Mignot, Defernex, Attiretp. 146
Pajoup. 154
Painting: Up to the Death of Boucher (1770)
Boucherp. 160
The Van Loo, Dandre-Bardon, Natoire, Tremolieres, Subleyras, Pierre - Vienp. 173
Portraiture: Nattier and Tocque - Liotard, Roslin, Aved, Nonnotte, Colson, Duparc, La Tour, and Perronneau - Drouaisp. 186
Landscape: Vernet and some Lesser Paintersp. 198
Chardinp. 204
Other Genre and Still-Life Painters: Jeaurat, Saint-Aubin, Roland de la Porte, Leprince, and Lepiciep. 213
Greuzep. 217
History Painters: Halle - Doyen - Lagrenee the Elder - Deshays - Brenet - Durameaup. 225
The Late Years
Sculpture: The Period of Houdon's Ancien Regime Career
Clodionp. 238
Julienp. 245
Mouchy, Boizot, the Deseine - Moittep. 250
Chinard and Chaudetp. 252
Houdonp. 255
Painting: Up to the Salon of 1789
Fragonardp. 267
Robert, Moreau, and Other Landscape Paintersp. 275
Portraiture: Duplessis - Ducreux - Vestier - Labille-Guiard - Vigee-Le Brunp. 278
Genre: Aubry and Boillyp. 282
Callet, Suvee, Peyron, Vincent, Menageot, Regnault, Jean-Germain Drouaisp. 283
Davidp. 287
List of the Principal Abbreviationsp. 298
Notesp. 299
Select Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 311
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