Art and Architecture in Medieval France
Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries
Paperback ISBN: 0064300226
This is an English-language study on the architecture and art of medieval France of the Romanesque and Gothic periods between 1000-1500. In addition to essays on individual monuments there are general discussions of given periods and specific problems such as: why did Gothic come into being? Whitney Stoddard explores the interrelationship between all forms of medieval ecclesiastical art and characterization of the Gothic cathedral, which he believes to have an almost metaphysical basis.
Artists in Residence
A Guide to the Homes and Studios of Eight 19Th-Century Painters in and Around Paris
Paperback ISBN: 1892145006
Open to the public, the homes and studios of eight celebrated nineteenth-century painters—Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Moreau, Rosa Bonheur, Jean-François Millet, and Charles-François Daubigny—provide intimate insights into their work and personalities as well as pleasurable day-long itineraries in and around Paris. A writer and a photographer, both of whose work appears frequently in Architectural Digest, present sumptuous portraits of these painters’ lives and times. Travel information includes discriminating hotel and restaurant recommendations; sites of related interest; excursions to nearby châteaux and medieval fortress towns; directions for travel by car and train; museums in Paris with works by each artist; phone and fax numbers and email addresses for all listings.
Boucher and Chardin
Masters of Modern Manners
Paperback ISBN: 1903470757
This book accompanies an exhibition examining the relationships between two works. When seen within the context of contemporary depictions of modish women and fashionable interiors, Boucher and Chardin's paintings acquire a new resonance, showing the rise of a new manner in French genre painting. This provides an opportunity to address undercurrent themes of social history such as the artists' attitudes to fashion, interior decoration and the consumption of tea - a pastime influenced by new trade links with China.
The Complete Masters of the Poster
All 256 Color Plates from Les Maitred De L'Affiche
Paperback ISBN: 0486263096
The most famous artistic compilation ever made of the great age of the poster, featuring works by Cheret, Steinlen, Toulouse-Lautrec, nearly 100 other artists. One poster per page.
French Painting in the Golden Age
Paperback ISBN: 0500203709
The seventeenth century has always been considered the golden agethe grand siecleof French culture. The reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV witnessed an unprecedented flowering of literature and philosophy, of music, architecture, sculpture, and painting. Some of the greatest names in the history of art belong to this period: Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorraine, as well as Georges de La Tour, the Le Nain brothers, and Charles Le Brun. Yet the subject matter and formal conventions most prized at the time make it difficult for the modern viewer to appreciate their aims, to differentiate them, and to judge success or failure. Thanks to new, sympathetic research, it is now possible to set the major figures within the framework of the concerns and theoretical debates of the seventeenth century itself. Christopher Allen brilliantly enables us to see beyond mere form to the meanings that the artists intended us to enjoy. 180 illustrations, 80 in color.
The Impressionists at Home
Hardcover ISBN: 0500512396
A celebration of the relationships between some of the world's top impressionist artists and their homes considers the links between Monet and Giverny, Renoir and Les Cagnes, and Pissarro and the Hermitage, in an illustrated account that describes the artists' daily routines and some of the inspirations for their paintings.
Object Design In The Age Of Enlightenment
The History Of The Royal Free Drawing School In Paris
Hardcover ISBN: 0892367784
The Royal Free Drawing School (Ecole royale gratuite de dessin) fulfilled the Enlightenment ideal of an education open to all, rich and poor, male and female, and an education founded not on apprenticeship and the teachings of one master, but open to ideas of all sorts and the practical application of universal principles. The surviving documents, engravings, drawings, and objects that can be traced to the School, as well as the impressive number of artisans who trained there - craftsmen such as Claude Odiot, sculptors such as Sebastien Cave, architects such as Charles Percier, and painters such as Girodet - and the important figures in eighteenth-century cultural life - such as Voltaire, Lavoisier, the duc de Choiseul, and Madame du' Barry - who were involved with the School attest to its enormous importance in the development of the decorative arts in France during the Ancien Regime and in the century that followed.