Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Louis Prieur, Revolutionary Artists: The Public, the Populace, and Images of the French Revolution / Edition 1

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A comparative study of the French Revolution's most famous artist and a little-known illustrator.
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Focusing on the period after the fall of Robespierre, Lajer-Burcharth (humanities, Harvard) reframes David's art in relation to gender tensions within French society at the time and within the artist's vision of himself. The methodologies of gender studies and semiotics are the focus of her argument, which sacrifices traditional art historical analysis. The author demonstrates how revolutionary dress and the stresses and losses it implied were reflected in the instability of David's art and his place as a revolutionary artist in French society. While trying to offer a new perspective on David and on visual representation during this period of French history, Lajer-Burcharth often looses her focus by cloaking David and his art in literary theory and opaque jargon. Recommended only for art libraries that support graduate programs in art history. While concentrating on the same time period, Roberts examines David and Jean-Louis Prieur, the most popular illustrator of the period, within a post-Marxist framework. Roberts first defines the Revolution in the theoretical terms of J rgen Habermas's bourgeois public sphere, which is separate from the political sphere of the state. He also discusses Roger Chartier's idea of the division of the educated elite from the masses during the French Revolution. With these theoretical underpinnings, the author examines Prieur and David, who in their art reflected the concerns of both the plebeian "peuple" and the educated "public" of the salons. A detailed historical account of the key moments of the Revolution is included and related to the works of both men. This scholarly study is recommended only for libraries that support graduate programs in art orFrench history.--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Roberts (history, State U. of New York-Albany) offers a comparative study of Jacques-Louis David, the renowned artist of the French Revolution, and Jean-Louis Prieur, a little-known illustrator, tracking each of their political careers and providing insight into the relationship between the arts and the politics of the French Revolution. Some 115 b&w illustrations by Prieur, David, and others appear throughout the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791442883
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents




Introduction: The Public and the Populace

PART ONE: Jean-Louis Prieur, the Populace, and Images of the French Revolution

1. The Paris Insurrection

2. Jean-Louis Prieur and the Tableaux historiques: Images of the Paris Insurrection

3. Jean-Louis Prieur and the Tableaux historiques: August 1789 to September 1792

PART TWO: Jacques-Louis David and the Public: Rousseau, Robespierre, Revolutionary Images, and Revolutionary Festivals

4. Robespierre and the People

5. David and the Tennis Court Oath

6. Robespierre, David, and Revolutionary Festivals

Conclusion: David, Prieur, and the Tragedy of the French Revolution




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