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Intimate Encounters: Love and Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century France

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Paintings by such celebrated eighteenth-century artists as Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, Greuze, and Boilly have long been admired for their charming and intimate subjects--"fetes galantes," pastorals, "tableaux de mode," middle-class domestic interiors, and scenes of family life and romantic love--and for their pleasing color schemes. In this lavishly illustrated and produced book, genre painting is explored for the first time within the broader cultural context of Enlightenment France. Through a series of innovative and lively essays dealing largely with aspects of art, gender, and politics in the decades preceding the French Revolution, "Intimate Encounters" enables us to appreciate genre paintings anew: although they are almost always attractive to the eye, sometimes to the point of appearing fanciful, the paintings also bear the intellectual imprint of turbulent times. the interactions of "ordinary" people--nonhistorical, nonmythic figures--within the family and in romantic encounters. We learn that genre painters tended to infuse their depictions of intimacy with moral and ideological significance. Their imagery coincided with fundamental debates over gender roles and relationships, the family, child-rearing, and illicit versus conjugal love, topics that were crucial to such writers and social commentators as Rousseau, Diderot, and Laclos.<P>Published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, "Intimate Encounters" contains five essays written by specialists from a variety of disciplines, which are followed by fifty-one full catalog entries on the paintings included in the show. The essays delve into such matters as art criticism and the presence of women incultural life (Richard Rand), the family and the ideology of sentimentalism (Sarah Maza), the influence of innovative theater on genre painting (Mark Ledbury), the debate over women's rights (Virginia Swain), and the production and marketing of prints to a growing art audience (An

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Love, Domesticity, and the Evolution of Genre Painting in Eighteenth-Century France3
Hidden from View: French Women Authors and the Language of Rights, 1727-179221
The "Bourgeois" Family Revisited: Sentimentalism and Social Class in Prerevolutionary French Culture39
Intimate Dramas: Genre Painting and New Theater in Eighteenth-Century France49
Genre Prints in Eighteenth-Century France: Production, Market, and Audience69
Catalogue of Paintings87
Checklist of Prints205
Bibliography209
Exbibitions213
List of Artists216
Index217
Photo Credits220

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691016627
Author:
Rand, Richard
Author:
Bianco, Juliette M.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
History
Subject:
Prints
Subject:
Exhibitions
Subject:
Painting, french
Subject:
Genre painting
Subject:
Prints, French.
Subject:
Prints -- 18th century -- France -- Exhibitions.
Subject:
Genre painting -- 18th century -- France -- Exhibitions.
Subject:
Genre painting, French
Subject:
Painting - General
Subject:
Techniques - Painting
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Genre painting, French - 18th century
Subject:
Prints, French - 18th century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 9, no. 4
Publication Date:
September 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color illus. 86 halftones
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 39 oz

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