Drawing an Elusive Line: The Art of Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

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University of Delaware Press, 2001 - Art - 274 pages
Often represented as an apathetic history painter, Prud'hon nevertheless parlayed both his remarkable talents as a draftsman and his skillful sense of diplomacy to attain conventional success. Nevertheless, he also followed an idiosyncratic artistic agenda. Drawing an Elusive Line brings his consistent subversion of academic demands into focus. Moreover, the book explores Prud'hon's prescient comprehension of a dawning art market among the newly powerful middle class while tracing the sources of his more traditional imperial patronage.
 

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Contents

Graphic Roots Prudhons Thirst for Glory
11
THE PATRON AND THE PROTEGE
17
THE PROVINCIAL IN PARIS
26
Past as Present The Eternal Antique
33
POLISHING THE IDEAL
38
SCULPTING ON PAPER
45
The Erotic Antidote Drawing on the Parisian Print Market
53
THE INSOUCIANT PAINTER
54
PERSONIFYING CAPITAL AT THE HOTEL DE LANNOY
137
IMPERIAL DESIGNS IN THE WEDDING OF NAPOLEON AND MARIELOUISE
142
MARIELOUISE THE KING OF ROME AND THE GRACIOUS ARTICULATION OF DUTY
150
An Unlikely Alter Ego A Woman in a Mans World
162
PUPIL AS PARTNER
169
The Artists Models Collaboration with Constance Mayer
176
MAYER AND PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF GENDER
182
SURROGATE PORTRAITS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF INNOCENCE
203

THE POLITICS OF EROS
57
THE METICULOUS BUSINESS OF PLEASURE
71
WHEN FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM
84
Drawing into Painting An Idiosyncratic Success
96
THE AUTHORITATIVE ALLEGORY
100
PERPETUAL GRAPHIC REHEARSALS
102
STUDIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED SEDUCTIONS
118
The Master Decorator Transfiguring the Allegorical Tradition
136
Decline in Restoration
211
ROYALIST REVISIONS AND COMMISSIONS OVERDRAWN
212
TROUBLED DREAMS IN A CRITICAL AGE
218
TOWARD A NEW MONUMENTALITY
229
Notes
235
Bibliography
257
Index
265
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Elizabeth Guffey teaches art of the modern era at the State University of New York, Purchase.

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