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Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France

Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521200844

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  • In Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France, Julie Anne Plax engages in an interdisciplinary examination of several categories of Watteau's paintings--theatrical, military, fetes, and the art dealer. Arguing that Watteau consistently applied coherent strategies of representation aimed at subverting high art, she shows how his paintings toyed ironically with conventions and genres and confounded traditional categories. Plax connects these strategies to broader cultural themes and political issues that Watteau's art addressed throughout his career, thereby revealing the substantial unity of his oeuvre.

    • Watteau's work contains a critical social and political commentary
    • Examines little-studied works, as well as those that have sustained attention
    • Draws upon a wide range of visual and verbal primary sources
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    "Carefully and clearly argued, Plax's book sets a model for actively integrating visual, historical and theoretical concerns." CAA Reviews

    "Plax does well to call our attention in a new way to this capacity for transformation of self and culture represented by Watteau's figures." Eighteenth-Century Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521200844
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Watteau's Departure of the Italian Comedians in 1697 and the battle of the theater
    2. Watteau's military paintings: conflicts and confluences
    3. The Fête Galante and the cult of Honnêteté
    4. The meeting of high and low culture in Watteau's Gersaint's Signboard.

  • Author

    Julie Anne Plax, University of Arizona

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