The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting

The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting

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The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting by Colin B. Bailey, Philip Conisbee, Thomas W. Gaehtgens

This inviting book offers the first comprehensive survey of French genre painting of the eighteenth century, from Watteau's fêtes galantes to Boilly's paintings of modern Parisian life. Showcasing 113 works, the book illustrates the variety and the vitality of genre painting throughout the period. Leading English, German, French, and American scholars shed light on the development of genre painting, its interpretation, its collectors, and its enormous appeal. Here are gathered together masterpieces by such eminent artists as Watteau, Lancret, de Troy, Chardin, Boucher, Greuze, Fragonard, Robert, and Boilly. The wide range of their featured works encompasses military scenes, theatrical subjects, hunt pictures, pastorals, domestic life, moral pictures, fishwife subjects, paintings for the boudoir, and panoramas of the Enlightenment in landscapes and townscapes. Each work is thoroughly catalogued, and an appendix lists all genre paintings shown in the eighteenth-century Salons.

Author Biography: Colin B. Bailey is chief curator at The Frick Collection, New York and the author of Renoir Portraits: Impressions of An Age and Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris.

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition that will appear at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from June 6 to September 7, 2003. It then travels to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from October 12, 2003, to January 11, 2004, and to the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin from February 8 to May 9, 2004. Published in association with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300099461
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2003
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 9.75(w) x 12.25(h) x (d)

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