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Language of the Body
     

Language of the Body

by John Elderfield, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (Artist), Robert Gordon
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A treasure for connoisseurs and scholars, this volume showcases the ravishing chalk studies of male and female nude models made after 1800 by famous French painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Often called "the French Correggio" for his freewheeling mythological and allegorical canvases, Prud'hon (1758-1823) was an unorthodox public artist of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire. The Romantic generation championed his melancholy, mysterious eroticism, which is on full display in these feminized male bodies and idealized female torsos. Chief curator at large for Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, Elderfield looks at Prud'hon's unhappy lifehe separated from his violent, drunken wife after 25 years, gaining custody of his five children when she was committed to an insane asylumand masterfully analyzes startling works that blur normally separated categories (masculine/feminine, platonic/passionate, cool/ecstatic) in a transgressive fantasy of desire. Gordon is an independent art historian. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810935853
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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