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Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France / Edition 1
     

Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France / Edition 1

by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
 

ISBN-10: 0300088876

ISBN-13: 9780300088878

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

In the decades following the French Revolution, four artists--Girodet, Gros, Gericault, and Delacroix--painted works in their Parisian studios that vividly expressed violent events and issues in faraway, colonial lands. This highly original book examines six of these paintings and argues that their disturbing, erotic depictions of slavery, revolt, plague, decapitation

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In the decades following the French Revolution, four artists--Girodet, Gros, Gericault, and Delacroix--painted works in their Parisian studios that vividly expressed violent events and issues in faraway, colonial lands. This highly original book examines six of these paintings and argues that their disturbing, erotic depictions of slavery, revolt, plague, decapitation, cannibalism, massacre, and abduction chart the history of France's empire and colonial politics.

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby shows that these paintings about occurrences in the West Indies, Syria, Egypt, Senegal, and Ottoman Empire Greece are preoccupied not with mastery and control but with loss, degradation, and failure, and she explains how such representations of crises in the colonies were able to answer the artists' longings as well as the needs of the government and the opposition parties at home. Empire made painters devoted to the representation of liberty and the new French nation confront liberty's antithesis: slavery. It also forced them to contend with cultural and racial differences. Young male artists responded, says Grigsby, by translating distant crises into images of challenges to the self, making history painting the site where geographic extremities and bodily extremities articulated one another.

Author Biography: Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby is associate professor of the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300088878
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

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