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256 Pages | 36 black and white illustrations; 13 color illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786940674


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Jean-Léon Gérôme and the Crisis of History Painting in the 1850s

Gülru Çakmak

Liverpool University Press

  • Exciting new perspective on Gérôme in particular, and in nineteenth-century artistic modernity in general
  • Intervenes in established art historical accounts that describe artistic innovation in the nineteenth century as a clear-cut opposition between the avant-garde that developed new visual methods, and a conservative academic art that endlessly reiterated established formulae
  • Reveals a series of experimental paintings made by Gérôme in the late 1850s, to this day unrecognized in scholarship (Or: Reveals a series of experimental paintings made by Gérôme in the late 1850s, whose pivotal role in the artist>'s work as well as in the broader history of modernization of art have been so far unrecognized in art historical scholarship)
  • Uses rare sources from the artist's own collection, discovers unknown sketches and photographs revealing the artist's creative process with extensive reading in primary sources
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