Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture

Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture

by Gabriel P. Weisberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813530091

ISBN-13: 9780813530093

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Located on the fringes of Paris, Montmartre attracted artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Steinlen, and Jules Chéret. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the artists in the quarter began to create works blurring the boundaries between fine art and popular illustration, the artist and the audience, as well as class and gender distinctions. The…  See more details below

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Located on the fringes of Paris, Montmartre attracted artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Steinlen, and Jules Chéret. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the artists in the quarter began to create works blurring the boundaries between fine art and popular illustration, the artist and the audience, as well as class and gender distinctions. The creative expression that ensued was an exuberant mix of high and low-a breeding ground for what is today termed popular culture. The carefully interlocked essays in Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture demonstrate how and why this quarter was at the forefront of such innovation. The contributors bring an unprecedented range of approaches to the topic, from political and religious history to art historical investigations and literary analysis of texts. This project is the first of its kind to examine fully Montmartre's many contributions to the creation of a mass culture that reigned supreme in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813530093
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword: Americans in Paris: Montmartre and the Art of Pop Culture
Introduction: Montmartre's Lure: An Impact on Mass Culture1
Ch. 1Republican Order and Republican Tolerance in Fin-de-Siecle France: Montmartre as a Delinquent Community15
Ch. 2Images of Pleasure and Vice: Women of the Fringe37
Ch. 3Les enfants des ivrognes: Concern for the Children of Montmartre72
Ch. 4Sacred Tourism and Secular Pilgrimage: Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur94
Ch. 5Marginality and Transgression: Anarchy's Subversive Allure120
Ch. 6Pictorial Acrobatics145
Ch. 7Portrait of the Artist as a Louis XIII Chair180
Ch. 8Absurdist Humor in Bohemia205
Ch. 9The Chat Noir's Theatre d'Ombres: Shadow Plays and the Recuperation of Public Space223
Ch. 10Discovering Sites: Enervating Signs for the Spanish Modernistas247
Selected Bibliography273
Notes on Contributors281
Acknowledgments285
Index287

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