Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2018

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

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786940674

Bookseller Code (06)

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, 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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