The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix (Cambridge Companions to the History of Art) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521658896
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"The book is an indispensable tool for the scholar who needs perspective on Delacroix and his time." Nineteenth-Century French Studies

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The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix serves as an introduction to one of the most important and most complex artists of the nineteenth century. Providing an overview of his life and career, this volume offers essays by leading authorities on the artist's pictorial practice, the stylistic range over Classicism and Romanticism, his writings, both private diary notations and published articles, and his impact on modern aesthetics, among other topics. The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix is designed to serve as an essential resource for students of French nineteenth-century art history, cultural history, and literature.

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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to the History of Art
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521658896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521658898
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hughes on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the well known and extensive "Cambridge Companions" series, which means that it is not a compilation of previously published articles but a collection of essays written specifically for the volume. The editor, Beth S. Wright, Professor of Art History at the University of Texas and author of many books and articles on nineteenth-century French art, has recruited a very impressive list of academic scholars to contribute to the collection; all of them are specialists in the art of the time and many with major publications on Delacroix specifically. The pieces range from the political climate of the Restoration to the aesthetic concerns of Baudelaire and Gautier and illuminate Delacroix's life and art from a variety of perspectives. They are all authoritatively informed and clearly written. This is not the place to take issue with any of the arguments presented; the following is a list of the contents for informational purposes:

1. Beth S. Wright, "Painting Thoughts: An Introduction to Delacroix" -- A general introduction to the collection.

2. Alan B. Spitzer, "Delacroix in His Generation" -- The painter as one of the "generation of 1820," a Bonapartist heritage coming of age in the Bourbon Restoration, divided sociopolitical loyalties.

3. James H. Rubin, "Delacroix and Romanticism" -- Romanticism and Classicism at the time, the evolution and eventual dissipation of the Romantic impulse, "Liberty Leading the People" (1830) purchased by the State and then put into storage.

4. Nina Athanassaglou-Kallmyer, "Eugene Delacroix and Popular Culture" -- The popularity of Gothic horror after the Restoration, Delacroix's life-long fascination with it, his literary sources.

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