Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300089868
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Patrons, Collectors, Painters 1
2 Pioneering 'Patriotic Taste': Ange-Laurent de La Live de Jully (1725-1779) 33
3 Ministerial Patronage in the Private Sphere: The Abbe Joseph-Marie Terray (1718-1778) 71
4 Progressive Taste, Aristocratic Lineage: Louis-Gabriel, Marquis de Veri (1722-1785) 101
5 Money, New Men and Modern Art: Charles-Nicolas Duclos-Dufresnoy (1733-1794) and Jean Girardot de Marigny (1733-1796) 131
6 Courtiers as Collectors on the Eve of the Revolution: Joseph-Hyacinthe-Francois de Paule de Rigaud, Comte de Vaudreuil (1740-1817) 163
7 The Decline and Fall of the Patriotic Plutus: Laurent Grimod de La Reyniere (1734-1793) 207
Epilogue 234
App. 1 La Live de Jully's Last Will and Testament (24 August 1766) 236
App. 2 Paintings in the Collection of the Marquis de Veri, March 1773 238
App. 3 Petition by J.-F. Hue Regarding Commissions from Duclos-Dufresnoy ..., 23 Pluviose, an II (11 February 1794) 239
App. 4 Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings Listed in Girardot de Marigny's Posthumous Inventory 240
Notes 243
Bibliography 312
Photograph Credits 333
Index 334
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