The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century France

The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century France

by Mita Choudhury

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Overview

This study analyzes the impact of color-making technologies on the visual culture of nineteenth-century France, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes to the Lumière brothers’ perfection of the autochrome color photography process. Focusing on Impressionist art, Laura Anne Kalba examines the importance of dyes produced in the second half of the nineteenth century to the vision of artists such as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet.

The proliferation of vibrant new colors in France during this time challenged popular understandings of realism, abstraction, and fantasy in the realms of fine art and popular culture. More than simply adding a touch of spectacle to everyday life, Kalba shows, these bright, varied colors came to define the development of a consumer culture increasingly based on the sensual appeal of color. Impressionism—emerging at a time when inexpensively produced color functioned as one of the principal means by and through which people understood modes of visual perception and signification—mirrored and mediated this change, shaping the ways in which people made sense of both modern life and modern art.

Demonstrating the central importance of color history and technologies to the study of visuality, Color in the Age of Impressionism adds a dynamic new layer to our understanding of visual and material culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271077017
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Laura Anne Kalba is Associate Professor of Art History at Smith College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

The Girard/Cadière Relationship

1 A Community of Faith 13

2 The Meeting of Two Souls 33

3 Unraveling and Betrayal 47

The Trial

4 Becoming a Cawse Célèbre 69

5 Arguing the Case 89

6 Before the Courts 107

Beyond the Grand'chambre

7 Public Opinion and the Story of the Wanton Jesuit 127

8 The Aftermath 153

Epilogue 171

Notes 177

Bibliography 207

Index 225

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