The Artist and the State, 1777-1855: The Politics of Progress and Decline from James Barry to Gustave Courbet 1777-1855

The Artist and the State, 1777-1855: The Politics of Progress and Decline from James Barry to Gustave Courbet 1777-1855

by Daniel R. Guernsey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754657205

ISBN-13: 9780754657200

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Artist and the State, 1777-1855: The Politics of Universal History in British & French Painting is the first book-length study to examine political uses of 'universal history', or the philosophy of history, in European art from 1777 to 1855. Daniel R. Guernsey discusses a range of mural paintings and sculptural works produced in England and France between

Overview

The Artist and the State, 1777-1855: The Politics of Universal History in British & French Painting is the first book-length study to examine political uses of 'universal history', or the philosophy of history, in European art from 1777 to 1855. Daniel R. Guernsey discusses a range of mural paintings and sculptural works produced in England and France between the American Revolution and the Universal Exposition of 1855, comparing the ways artists such as James Barry, Eugène Delacroix, Paul Chenavard, David d'Angers, and Gustave Courbet expressed linear or cyclical histories of progress and decline. By considering the work of these important European artists together, he reveals not only the rich artistic interaction that took place between England and France - as well as Germany - at this time, but also how the notion of 'universal history' was to become a major preoccupation in the work of these individual artists, each one participating in shaping a highly significant mode of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century political art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754657200
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Universal history and Protestant dissent in 18th-century England: James Barry's The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture, 1777-1784; Degenerate civilization in France: Eugène Delacroix's library murals in the Palais Bourbon, 1838-1847; Universal history and the French left: Paul Chenavard's Social Palingenesis, 1848-1851; Rousseau's Emile and social palingenesis in Gustave Courbet's The Painters Studio, 1855; Epilogue: the legacy of universal history; Bibliography; Index.

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