From Millet to Léger: Essays in Social Art History

From Millet to Léger: Essays in Social Art History

by Robert L. Herbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300097069

ISBN-13: 9780300097061

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

A pre-eminent scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French art, Robert L. Herbert has written extensively on aspects of this subject during his long career. This book brings together some of his most important essays, works that discuss the artistic and social issues that lie behind the surfaces of notable prints and paintings by such artists as Millet, Courbet…  See more details below

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A pre-eminent scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French art, Robert L. Herbert has written extensively on aspects of this subject during his long career. This book brings together some of his most important essays, works that discuss the artistic and social issues that lie behind the surfaces of notable prints and paintings by such artists as Millet, Courbet, Daubigny, Monet, Pissarro, Signac, Delaunay, Leger, and Ernst. In a preface prepared for this volume, Herbert explains that these essays are linked by a focus on the relation of art to the urban-industrial revolution. The first three essays explore how artists in the second half of the nineteenth century were attracted to images of rural life and landscape as a reaction to growing industrialization and urbanization, at the same time creating new techniques and pictorial devices whose radical inventions opposed the dominant forms and subjects of academic art. Four essays then address issues of overt social and political opposition among artists, demonstrating that these oppositions were in fact embraced within modernist capitalism as correctives to outmoded traditions. The concluding essays center on Leger and the period from 1910 to 1925, in which there was a sudden acceptance of industrial imagery and the creation of forms that expressed the dynamism and fragmentation of modern culture. Written in a lively and accessible style, this book will appeal to students, scholars, and lovers of French art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300097061
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
1Industry in the Changing Landscape from Daubigny to Monet1
2City vs. Country: The Rural Image in French Painting from Millet to Gauguin23
3Peasants and "Primitivism"49
4Courbet's Mere Gregoire and Beranger67
5The Decorative and the Natural in Monet's Cathedrals79
6Impressionism, Originality, and Laissez-Faire91
7Artists and Anarchism: Unpublished Letters of Pissarro, Signac, and Others99
8Leger's Le Grand Dejeuner115
9Leger, the Renaissance, and "Primitivism"143
10The Arrival of the Machine: Modernist Art in Europe, 1910-1925153
Appendices174
Notes179
Principal Writings by Robert L. Herbert200
Photograph Credits202
Index203

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