Painting and Sculpture in France, 1700-1789

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Genius and talent combine to render both brilliant and varied the image of painting and sculpture in France in the last years of the ancien regime. The outpouring of creative activity and of inspired patronage, both public and private was then unparalleled elsewhere. Gifted exponents of sculpture include the Coustou, Michel-Ange Slodtz, and Caffieri, besides the better-known Falconet, Pigalle, and Houdon: their often monumental work provides a salutary reminder of the seriousness of intention in an age often still stereotyped as frivolous and lightweight. In painting, Restout, Vernet, Oudry and others were appreciated at least as much as Boucher, and portraiture, genre, and still life were all well served. The era may have opened with Watteau and the fete galante, but it closed with a revival of history painting, and with an artistic revolutionary in the person of David. Bringing new insights and information to bear on the work of the great French artists and sculptors of the eighteenth century, Levey has created a book that is at once beautiful and instructive.
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Some sections of this frequently insightful and always ravishingly beautiful (330 plates, dozens in color, and even the black-and-white reproduced with unusual brilliance) survey of the painting and sculpture in France in the last years of the ancien regime were previously published as Part One of Art and Architecture of the Eighteenth Century in France by Penguin Books, 1972. The author has clearly availed himself of the wealth of new scholarship since the earlier edition, to which some (limited) reference is found in the notes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Preface to Part One of Art and Architecture of the Eighteenth Century in France
Pt. 1 The Early Years
1 Painting: From La Fosse to the Death of Lemoyne and the Establishment of the Regular Salon (1737)
Portraiture: Rigaud and Largillierre and their Following 4
History and Decorative Painting: La Fosse - Jouvenet - Louis de Boullongne the younger - Courtin - Santerre - Antoine Coypel 10
Bouys - Raoux - Grimou 18
Jean-Francois de Troy 21
Audran, Huet, Gillot 25
Watteau 29
Lancret, Pater, Lajoue and Lesser Painters of Fetes Galantes 43
Oudry and Parrocel - The Coypel, Restout, and Lemoyne 47
2 Sculpture: From the Coustou to Slodtz
Nicolas Coustou and Guillaume Coustou I 62
Van Cleve - Cayot - Lepautre and Other Contemporaries 72
Robert Le Lorrain 83
The Lemoyne 85
Bouchardon 93
The Brothers Adam 101
Michel-Ange Slodtz 107
Pt. 2 The Middle Years
3 Sculpture: From the Generation of Falconet and Pigalle to Pajou
Allegrain 120
Guillaume Coustou II 121
Vasse and Saly 124
Falconet 126
Pigalle 137
Boudard, Caffieri, Tassaert, Lecomte, Mignot, Defernex, Attiret 146
Pajou 154
4 Painting: Up to the Death of Boucher (1770)
Boucher 160
The Van Loo, Dandre-Bardon, Natoire, Tremolieres, Subleyras, Pierre - Vien 173
Portraiture: Nattier and Tocque - Liotard, Roslin, Aved, Nonnotte, Colson, Duparc, La Tour, and Perronneau - Drouais 186
Landscape: Vernet and some Lesser Painters 198
Chardin 204
Other Genre and Still-Life Painters: Jeaurat, Saint-Aubin, Roland de la Porte, Leprince, and Lepicie 213
Greuze 217
History Painters: Halle - Doyen - Lagrenee the Elder - Deshays - Brenet - Durameau 225
Pt. 3 The Late Years
5 Sculpture: The Period of Houdon's Ancien Regime Career
Clodion 238
Julien 245
Mouchy, Boizot, the Deseine - Moitte 250
Chinard and Chaudet 252
Houdon 255
6 Painting: Up to the Salon of 1789
Fragonard 267
Robert, Moreau, and Other Landscape Painters 275
Portraiture: Duplessis - Ducreux - Vestier - Labille-Guiard - Vigee-Le Brun 278
Genre: Aubry and Boilly 282
Callet, Suvee, Peyron, Vincent, Menageot, Regnault, Jean-Germain Drouais 283
David 287
List of the Principal Abbreviations 298
Notes 299
Select Bibliography 307
Index 311
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