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Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris
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Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris

by Colin B. Bailey
 

ISBN-10: 0300089864

ISBN-13: 9780300089868

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

During the final decades of the ancien regime, prominent collectors in Paris commissioned and collected French paintings of the period, works by Greuze, Fragonard, David and others that together comprised 'l'Ecole Francoise' -- the French School. In this book, an eminent art historian discusses six of these collectors and the collections they assembled, showing that

Overview

During the final decades of the ancien regime, prominent collectors in Paris commissioned and collected French paintings of the period, works by Greuze, Fragonard, David and others that together comprised 'l'Ecole Francoise' -- the French School. In this book, an eminent art historian discusses six of these collectors and the collections they assembled, showing that private patronage in this period was revitalized by this patriotic desire to collect contemporary art. Colin B. Bailey explains why a taste for modern art emerged at this time and how it was encouraged and fostered. Examining the relationship between artist and patron, he discusses the degree of influence these enlightened patrons and collectors expected to exercise when new works were being commissioned. Bailey shows that collectors of eighteenth-century French painting seem not to have made rigid distinctions between the various genres or styles of the Academy's practitioners. Instead, history paintings and genre paintings -- both rococo and neo-classical -- were exhibited proudly on their walls as superb examples of the French School.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089868
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
1Introduction: Patrons, Collectors, Painters1
2Pioneering 'Patriotic Taste': Ange-Laurent de La Live de Jully (1725-1779)33
3Ministerial Patronage in the Private Sphere: The Abbe Joseph-Marie Terray (1718-1778)71
4Progressive Taste, Aristocratic Lineage: Louis-Gabriel, Marquis de Veri (1722-1785)101
5Money, New Men and Modern Art: Charles-Nicolas Duclos-Dufresnoy (1733-1794) and Jean Girardot de Marigny (1733-1796)131
6Courtiers as Collectors on the Eve of the Revolution: Joseph-Hyacinthe-Francois de Paule de Rigaud, Comte de Vaudreuil (1740-1817)163
7The Decline and Fall of the Patriotic Plutus: Laurent Grimod de La Reyniere (1734-1793)207
Epilogue234
Appendices
1La Live de Jully's Last Will and Testament (24 August 1766)236
2Paintings in the collection of the Marquis de Veri, March 1773238
3Petition by J.-F. Hue Regarding Commissions from Duclos-Dufresnoy..., 23 Pluviose, an 11 (11 February 1794)239
4Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings Listed in Girardot de Marigny's Posthumous Inventory240
Notes243
Bibliography312
Photograph Credits333
Index334

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