Painting and Sculpture in France, 1700-1789

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Yale University Press, 1995 - Art - 318 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

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1
From the Coustou to Slodtz
61
Van Cleve Cayot Lepautre and Other Contemporaries
72
Robert Le Lorrain
83
Bouchardon
93
The Brothers Adam
101
MichelAnge Slodtz
107
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119
5
235
Up to the Salon of I 789
265
Robert Moreau and Other Landscape Painters
275
Aubry and Boilly
282
List of the Principal Abbreviations
298
Select Bibliography
307
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314
Copyright

Leprince and Lépicié
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