America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, Exhibition Catalog

About the Author

Yuriko Jackall is assistant curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art. Joseph Baillio is a scholar concentrating on French art of the 17th through the 19th century. Philippe Bordes is professor of art history at the University of Lyon. Susan Earle is curator of European and American art at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. Jack Hinton is associate curator of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Melissa Hyde is professor of art history at the University of Florida. Christophe Leribault is director of the Petit Palias—Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. Joseph J. Rishel is curator emeritus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pierre Rosenberg is director emeritus of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Robert Schindler is curator of European art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. D. Dodge Thompson is chief of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art.

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, Exhibition Catalog

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This fully illustrated catalog accompanies the major exhibition America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. This special exhibition brings together for the first time a wealth of stunning works by famous artists from Jacques Louis David to Jean Honoré Fragonard, drawn from public and private collections throughout the whole of the United States.

 

In 1815, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in America, bringing with him his vast and exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings, and a new American taste for 18th-century French painting was born. America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting brings together some of the best and most unusual examples of this type of art that American museums have to offer, and tells their stories on a national stage. Who were the collectors, curators, museum directors, and dealers responsible for bringing 18th-century French painting to America? Where are the paintings now?

 

The book considers America's very real fascination with France in the 18th century as a staunch ally in the Revolutionary wars, and as a cultural and intellectual model for Franklin, Jefferson, and Americans abroad. It also looks at the way in which the cultural ideal of 18th-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.

  • Hardcover
  • 10 x 12.25 inches
  • 304 pages, 160 illustrations
  • Published: 2017


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