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.
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.
Hardcover ISBN: 1844846237
Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel and Denis were the most distinguished of the Nabis, a Post-Impressionist artistic group that formed in the late 19th century. However, an increasing individualism in their art often threatened the groups unity, and their work started to diverge. This publication lets readers compare and put into perspective the artists within this fascinating group. Magnifying everyday scenes and landscapes in harmonious compositions, the paintings of the Nabis will appeal to art students and art lovers, but also to a wider audience.
The Painting of Modern Life
Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
Paperback ISBN: 0691009031
The Paris of the 1860s and 1870s was supposedly a brand-new city, equipped with boulevards, cafés, parks, and suburban pleasure grounds--the birthplace of those habits of commerce and leisure that constitute "modern life." Questioning those who view Impressionism solely in terms of artistic technique, T. J. Clark describes the painting of Manet, Degas, Seurat, and others as an attempt to give form to that modernity and seek out its typical representatives--be they bar-maids, boaters, prostitutes, sightseers, or petits bourgeois lunching on the grass. The central question of The Painting of Modern Life is this: did modern painting as it came into being celebrate the consumer-oriented culture of the Paris of Napoleon III, or open it to critical scrutiny? The revised edition of this classic book includes a new preface by the author.