Antoine Watteau: Perspectives on the Artist and the Culture of His Time / Edition 1

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The essays in Antoine Watteau: Perspectives on the Artist and the Culture of His Time offer a richly textured portrait of the artist's life, work, and reputation for students, specialists, and the general public. The volume brings together art historians whose research is currently defining the field of Watteau studies with scholars from history and literature who have published widely on the political and cultural trends of Watteau's era. Essays include studies of the artist's drawing practice, his relation to the emerging public sphere, and the changing fortunes of his reputation, as well as considerations of art dealing and fashion in Watteau's time. Other essays take up conversation, dance, seduction, and theaticality as essential themes of Watteau's art. This volume will be an indispensable resource for all those interested in the visual culture of Regency France. The book contains sixty-five illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874139341
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: University of Delaware Press Studies In
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 1,304,585
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary D. Sheriff is W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and department chair in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     7
Acknowledgments     9
Chronology     11
Introduction: The Mystique of Antoine Watteau   Mary D. Sheriff     17
Interpreting Watteau across the Centuries   Julie-Anne Plax     28
Watteau Drawings: Artful and Natural   JoLynn Edwards     41
The Monarchy, Public Opinion, and the Subversions of Antoine Watteau   Thomas E. Kaiser     63
Style as Subject in Watteau's Images of Conversation   Mary Vidal     76
Watteau's fete galante and the Artful Body   Sarah R. Cohen     94
Watteau and Theater: Movable Fetes   Suzanne R. Pucci     106
The Flickers of Seduction: The Ambivalent and Surprising Painting of Watteau   Nicholas Mirzoeff     123
Clothing in the Age of Watteau   Reed Benhamou     133
Gersaint's Shopsign and the World of Art Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Paris   Andrew McClellan     150
Plates     161
Selected Bibliography     191
Contributors     193
Index     195
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