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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754657200
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel R. Guernsey is Associate Professor of Art History at Florida International University, USA.
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Table of Contents

Universal history and Protestant dissent in eighteenth-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 Chevanard'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
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