Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette

Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette

by Eik Kahng
     
 
This gorgeous volume accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition of Vallayer-Coster’s paintings. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, the show is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from June 30 to September 25, 2002; then travels to the Dallas Museum of Art from October 13, 2002 to January 5, 2003; the Frick Collection in New York City

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This gorgeous volume accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition of Vallayer-Coster’s paintings. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, the show is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from June 30 to September 25, 2002; then travels to the Dallas Museum of Art from October 13, 2002 to January 5, 2003; the Frick Collection in New York City from January 21 to March 23, 2003; and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France, from April 10 to June 23, 2003.

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Library Journal
This catalog of the first exhibition devoted to painter Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) includes 175 color and 50 black-and-white reproductions as well as essays by scholars concerning various aspects of her work. As one of the three women artists admitted to the French Academy in the 18th century, Vallayer-Coster was best known for her still-life and flower paintings. A number of these works were engraved, and others formed the basis for floral decorations on porcelain and tapestries of the period. As demonstrated by Kahng (curator, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore), Vallayer-Coster's still lifes provoke comparisons with Chardin but maintain a vibrancy and charm of their own. Scholar Colin B. Bailey discusses Vallayer-Coster's popularity among 18th-century collectors, including Marie-Antoinette herself, and an excellent essay by Melissa Hyde chronicles women's involvement in the 18th-century world of art and letters through art making, patronage, and writing. This volume, the only recent title devoted solely to this artist, has lovely illustrations and thorough documentation. Recommended for all academic and museum libraries. [The exhibition will travel from Washington, DC, to Dallas, New York City, and France.-Ed.]-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093292
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
903,790
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

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