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This reassessment of the work of Jean-Baptiste Greuze, the eighteenth-century painter, reconstructs the broader movement in French painting of which he was the leading figure. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, it notes the extraordinary popularity that Greuze enjoyed in his lifetime. The volume reveals that the family life scenes he produced in the 1760s promoted an enlightened social vision and argues that the painting of sentiment was subsequently appropriated to serve a more conservative agenda.Read more
- First major book on Greuze for a generation
- Reassessment of a neglected but historically important artist
- Important contribution to the social and cultural history of late eighteenth-century French art
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"...Barker's cultural approach to a reassessment of Greuze has effectively recontextualised the artist's early paintings. it also provides an illuminating insight into the social, political and artistic milieu of mid-eighteenth century French life, in which these paintings were made and admired." The Art Book, Sophie Bostock, University of East Anglia, NorwichSee more reviews
"This thoroughly researched study demonstrates in considerable detail that in the final anlysis, 'Grueze expressed and exploited the preoccupations, anxieties, hopes and fears of his contemporaries'(240)" - Gita May, Columbia University
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- Date Published: March 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521555081
- length: 348 pages
- dimensions: 197 x 252 x 28 mm
- weight: 1.025kg
- contains: 90 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2010
Table of Contents
Part I. Greuze and the Salon 1755–1769:
1. Picturing peasants: Un Père de famille qui lit la Bible
2. Art and enlightenment: L'Accordée de village
3. The image of authority: La Piété filiale:
4. Representing domesticity: La Mère bien-aimée
Part II. Greuze and his Contemporaries c. 1770-1785:
5. Fragonard's family scenes: L'Heureuse fécondité
6. The painting of family life: L'Heureux ménage
7. Social hierarchy in sentimental painting: Le Trait de bienfaisance
8. Domestic conflict in sentimental painting: Le Cri de la nature
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