Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism

Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism


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Exquisitely illustrated with masterpieces of the Romantic period—from Gericault's monumental Raft of the Medusa to Paul Delaroche's haunting Execution of Lady Jane Grey to well-loved landscapes by Turner and Constable—this fascinating study is the first to explore the profound influence of English painting on French art of the early 19th century.Published to accompany a major international exhibition, Crossing the Channel documents the artistic exchange between France and Britain in the two decades between the Bourbon Restoration of 1815 and the accession of Queen Victoria. Artists from both countries crisscrossed the channel; British artists contributed works to French salons, shared studios with French artists, and established themselves as drawing masters to the French aristocracy. All the major French and British artists of the day, including Corot, Delacroix, and Ingres, are represented in this important new book.

About the Author:
Patrick Noon has been the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings and Modern Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1997. His publications include, most recently, studies of the Romantic painters Richard Parkes Bonington and William Blake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781854375131
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Colour and Effect: Anglo-French Painting in London and Paris12
Print Culture and the Illustration of History: An Anglo-French Perspective28
Abbreviations and Notes45
Introduction: Crossing the Channel46
The Raft of the Medusa in Britain: Audience and Context66
Art on View: Expositions, Exhibitions and Salons94
Literature and History: Shakespeare, Scott, Byron and Genre Historique124
The School of Modern Life: History, Genre, Portraiture, Animals156
'The Finest Poetic Descriptions': Landscape Painting in France and Great Britain192
Diamonds that Flatter and Ravish the Eye: The Ascendancy of Watercolour232
Abbreviated References286
Lenders and Credits292

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