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Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting
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Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting

by Gary Tinterow, Geneviève Lacambre, Juliet Wilson-Bareau (Contribution by), Deborah L. Roldán (Contribution by)
 

In 1804, at the dawn of the French Empire, there were no more than a handful of Spanish paintings in public collections in France. During the course of the nineteenth century, however, French collectors and museums assembled substantial holdings of works by such Spanish masters as Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo, and Goya. At the same time,

Overview

In 1804, at the dawn of the French Empire, there were no more than a handful of Spanish paintings in public collections in France. During the course of the nineteenth century, however, French collectors and museums assembled substantial holdings of works by such Spanish masters as Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo, and Goya. At the same time, French writers and artists—among them Delacroix, Géricault, Courbet, Millet, Bonnat, Degas, and, especially, Manet—came to understand, appreciate, and even emulate Spanish painting of the Golden Age.

This beautiful book features over 150 works by French and Spanish artists, charting the development of this cultural influence and mapping a fascinating shift in the paradigm of painting: from Idealism to Realism, from Italy to Spain, from Renaissance to Baroque. Above all, it vividly demonstrates how direct contact with Spanish painting fired the imagination of nineteenth-century French artists and brought about the triumph of Realism in the 1860s, and with it a foundation for modern art.

American artists of the second half of the nineteenth century often turned to Europe for training and inspiration. Whistler, Cassatt, Eakins, Chase, and Sargent all traveled to Spain for firsthand exposure to its artistic heritage and experienced the thrill of discovering Spanish painting. Also included in this volume are works by American artists that clearly reflect the pervasive influence of and taste for Spanish painting.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
How 17th-century Spanish painting came to influence late 19th-century French art is brilliantly illuminated in Manet/Velázquez. Spanish paintings, with their blend of mysticism and earthy naturalism, were prized for their scarcity in France at the start of the 19th century, when few had actually been seen. — Hilarie M. Sheets
Publishers Weekly
Masterfully untangling one of the strands of modern painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Tinterow and the Mus e d'Orsay's Lacambre bring together 729 illustrations (380 in color) from the Louvre and the Prado. Through an assemblage of magnificent works, from Velazquez's Las Meninas and Manet's Boy with a Sword to works by Zurbaran, Goya, Cassatt and Chasseriau, they chart the influence of Spanish on French (and, via Paris, American) artists from the mid-19th century to 1915 and trace the institutional routes Spanish art traveled. Among the 11 essays from various scholars, two appendixes and a chronology of the included work are Tinterow's overview of art during Napoleon's empire, Maria de los Santos Garcia and Javier Portus Perez's essay on the Prado's origins and H. Barbara Weinberg's close views of Whistler, Eakins, Chase, Sargent and Anshutz. Casual readers (and artists) will have enough to take in just having these works systematically presented between the same covers, while the essays connect the dots of influence. The price is steep, but the illustrations are richly printed, and the scholarship is first rate. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Accompanying an unprecedented exhibition coming from the Mus e d'Orsay, Paris, and being shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (until June 8, 2003), this publication features the phenomenon of Hispanisme-enthusiasm for Spanish things-that ensued during the 19th century after Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Spain. In 13 well-written, extensively footnoted, and beautifully illustrated essays, organizing curators and prominent scholars show how events in Spain and France precipitated and shaped the vogue for Spanish art, thereby causing an aesthetic paradigm shift from the idealism of Italian Renaissance masters toward the realism of Spanish artists of the Golden Age and the development of Modernism. They examine the influence of El Greco, Goya, Murillo, Velazquez, Francisco Zurbaran, and others on French and American artists, including but not limited to Degas, Delacroix, Manet, Cassatt, Eakins, Sargent, and Whistler. Seville's artistic heritage during the French occupation, the origins of the Prado museum, the Spanish Gallery of Louis-Philippe, the history and collections of the Hispanic Society of America, and other related topics also are covered. Worth acquiring for its groundbreaking scholarship, 729 reproductions (380 in color), historical chronology, extensive bibliography, and catalog with entries documenting the histories of more than 200 artworks, this resource belongs in all art research collections encompassing early modern European art.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098808
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Tinterow is Engelhard Curator of 19th-Century European Painting in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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