The Modern Portrait in Nineteenth-Century France

The Modern Portrait in Nineteenth-Century France

by Heather McPherson
     
 

ISBN-10: 052177361X

ISBN-13: 9780521773614

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Modern Portrait in Nineteenth-Century France examines the evolution of portraiture after the advent of photography. Heather McPherson focuses on the portrait as a contested site of representation and the diverse strategies that artists deployed to revitalize the portrait during the second half of the nineteenth century, when the genre was threatened with

Overview

The Modern Portrait in Nineteenth-Century France examines the evolution of portraiture after the advent of photography. Heather McPherson focuses on the portrait as a contested site of representation and the diverse strategies that artists deployed to revitalize the portrait during the second half of the nineteenth century, when the genre was threatened with obsolescence by the ubiquitous photographic image. By considering portraiture within the broader cultural matrix of history, biography, artistic and literary crosscurrents, and shifts in the production and consumption of images, McPherson deftly situates the modern portrait at the epicenter of nineteenth-century visual culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521773614
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: likeness, transfiguration, and modern identity: portraiture and the problematics of representation; 1. Courbet and Baudelaire: portraiture against the grain of photography; 2. La Divine Comtesse: (re)presenting the anatomy of the Courtesan; 3. Sarah Bernhardt: portrait of the actress as spectacle; 4. Cézanne: self-portraiture and the problematics of representation; 5. Jacques-Emile Blanche: the Ecriture of a portraitist; 6. Proust and Vuillard: the artist as metaphysician; Epilogue: portraiture as a disappearing and reappearing act.

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