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French Art Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture   By: (1851-1928)

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French Art Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture by W. C. (William Crary) Brownell is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in the history and evolution of French art. This comprehensive book covers a vast range of artistic periods, from classic to contemporary, providing a deep understanding of the evolution and influence of French art on the global stage.

One of the highlights of this book is the author's ability to trace the artistic lineage of French art from its roots in classicism to its radical revolution during the 19th century. Brownell's writing is engaging and accessible, making complex art historical concepts approachable to readers of all backgrounds. He deftly discusses the major artistic movements of each era, providing critical analysis and insight into the historical and cultural context that shaped these works.

The book also pays ample attention to prominent French artists who significantly contributed to the art world, such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Gustave Courbet. Brownell's meticulous research is evident, as he examines each artist's unique style, influences, and the impact they had on future generations. By delving into the lives and works of these iconic figures, the reader gains an intimate understanding of their motivations and the political or social implications of their art.

Moreover, the book beautifully explores the relationship between French art and society. Brownell skillfully captures how art often mirrored the ever-changing landscape of France, reflecting political upheavals and societal transformations. Whether discussing art in the context of the French Revolution, the rise of Impressionism, or the avant-garde movements of the 20th century, Brownell expertly connects each artistic movement to the larger historical narrative.

Additionally, the book's layout and design are commendable, featuring numerous high-quality color plates that beautifully showcase the artworks being discussed. The inclusion of these visual aids greatly enhances the reader's understanding and appreciation of the art being analyzed.

While French Art Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture is unquestionably a valuable resource for art enthusiasts, it is worth noting that the scope of the book could be overwhelming to those with limited prior knowledge of art history. The abundance of information provided may require multiple readings, particularly for readers seeking a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

Overall, French Art Classic and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture by W. C. Brownell is a thorough and enlightening exploration of French art. The author's eloquent writing style, extensive research, and thoughtful analysis make it an indispensable addition to the library of any art lover or student of art history.

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Copyright, 1892, by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS




I. Classic Painting, 1 I. Character and origin. II. Claude and Poussin. III. Lebrun and Lesueur. IV. Louis Quinze. V. Greuze and Chardin. VI. David, Ingres, and Prudhon.

II. Romantic Painting, 47 I. Romanticism. II. Géricault and Delacroix. III. The Fontainebleau Group. IV. The Academic Painters. V. Couture, Puvis de Chavannes, and Regnault.

III. Realistic Painting, 89 I. Realism. II. Courbet and Bastien Lepage. III. The Landscape Painters; Fromentin and Guillaumet. IV. Historical and Portrait Painters. V. Baudry, Delaunay, Bonvin, Vollon, Gervex, Duez, Roll, L'Hermitte, Lerolle, Béraud, The Illustrators. VI. Manet and Monet. VII. Impressionism; Degas. VIII. The Outlook.

IV. Classic Sculpture, 139 I. Claux Sluters. II. Jean Goujon. III. Style. IV. Clodion, Pradier, and Etex... Continue reading book >>

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