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Nature's Workshop: Renoir's Writings on the Decorative Arts

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This book shows Auguste Renoir in an entirely new light, revealing an artist far more complex and thoughtful than previously believed. Seven unknown and unpublished texts written by Renoir, along with four other writings once published but now largely forgotten, are presented here in both French and English. They identify Renoir as an impassioned critic of architecture, architectural decoration, and the education of artists.<P>These surprising texts were written in 1883-84, when Renoir hoped to found an exhibition society grouping all the crafts, and around 1910, when he prepared several drafts of a preface to a French translation of Cennino Cennini's medieval treatise on the arts. Robert L. Herbert has uncovered Renoir's "Grammar of Art", long believed lost, and has disproved the idea that his reading of Cennini was related to his trip to Italy in 1881. Renoir provides a walking tour of Paris with abundant references to specific buildings exhibiting the Second Empire architecture he found so despicable. He examines academic art, modern industry, and how together they undermine the values of craft and individuality. And he insists that good art like nature never achieves perfect geometry or symmetry but is unregimented, "natural". Herbert discusses Renoir's aesthetic in the context of the flow of ideas on the decorative arts at the time and reassesses the artist in the light of these lively rediscovered writings.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-264) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Renoir's writings, 1877-1884 — Renoir, Ruskin, Morris, and the arts and crafts in France — Renoir and Cennino Cennini in 1910 — The "decorative" in Renoir's paintings.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300081367
Author:
Herbert, Robert L.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven, CT :
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Art criticism
Subject:
Renoir, auguste, 1841-1919
Subject:
Decorative arts
Subject:
Renoir, Auguste
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Renoir, Auguste - Written works
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
[t. 23]
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 b/w + 18 color illus.
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.94 lb

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