Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1981, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates; Frontispiece;
From the cover: This book takes a fresh look at painting in France during the last hundred years of the ancien regime, and shows how the century leading up to the French Revolution was one of vigorous activity and positive achievement in painting from the late Baroque to early Neoclassicism. The author approaches the period thematically. He deals with the painters world the traditional training provided by artistic institutions such as the Academy in Paris and Rome; the Paris Salon and other exhibitions; and the relations between artists and their public. He discusses the major role of religious painting in the so-called Age of Reason; deals with secular history painting, with emphasis on the renewed State interest in didactic art from _around 1750; and examines the lighter side of artistic taste (the tradition of fetes galantes, whose exponents included Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard). Subsequent chapters survey portraiture and landscape painting.
While Neoclassical and early Romantic art have received much scholarly attention in recent years, that of the first half of the eighteenth century, equally rich and diverse, has tended to be overlooked. This book presents a clear and balanced view of French painting in the century as a whole, free of the screen of late Romantic sensibility which has prejudiced most nineteenth- and twentieth-century accounts.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the spine. Personal book plate to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 223 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¾”.