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Emulation : making artists for revolutionary France / Thomas Crow.

By: Crow, Thomas E, 1948-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995Description: 364 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0300060939; 9780300060935.Subject(s): Neoclassicism (Art) -- France | Art, French | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Art and the revolution | David, Jacques Louis, 1748-1825 -- Influence | Allegories | Men in art | Artists -- France -- Psychology | Visual arts Classical style | FranceDDC classification: 759.4/09/033 LOC classification: N6846.5.N4 | C76 1995Other classification: 21.02
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N6846.5.N4 C76 1995 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001507052

Includes bibliographical references (p. [346]-357) and indexes.

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As surprising as Crow's direct and clear presentation of ideas is his construction of a unique perspective on Jacques-Louis David's life and art. The author has shifted the focus to the master's students Drouais, Grodet Gu'erin, G'erard, and Gros. The atelier is seen as a foster home for artists who have in common the loss of their father at an early age. This situation mirrors David's childhood and serves as the impetus for the book's development. Crow examines the personal relationships between David and his students, traces stylistic and thematic choices that emerged. Drouais's untimely death is the primary factor in shaping David's subsequent student relationships. The practice of sharing major projects similarly allows insights into the training process and a deeper psychological understanding of the masculinizing force of the atelier. Crow has avoided the terms "Neoclassicism" and "Romanticism"; in so doing he has focused discussion on individual attributes and commonalities among painters without reducing their achievements to a tired formula. The archivally founded text is a major accomplishment, bringing the efforts of underappreciated artists to light. At the same time it neither neglects nor wallows in the well-known aspects of David's career. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty; general. E. K. Menon; St. Olaf College

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