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Necklines : the art of Jacques-Louis David after the Terror / Ewa Lajer-Burcharth.

By: Lajer-Burcharth, Ewa.
Contributor(s): David, Jacques Louis, 1748-1825.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c1999Description: x, 374 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0300074212 (alk. paper); 9780300074215 (alk. paper).Subject(s): David, Jacques Louis, 1748-1825 -- Psychology | David, Jacques Louis, 1748-1825 -- Criticism and interpretation | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Art and the revolutionDDC classification: 759.4 LOC classification: ND553.D25 | L35 1999Other classification: 21.02
Contents:
Introduction -- The shadow of the guillotine -- Blind memories -- The revolution Glacée -- Psyche in the boudoir.
Review: "Twice imprisoned after the fall of Robespierre, French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) faced an artistic and personal crisis as the political and cultural values he had embraced crumbled in the mid-1790s. This book examines the crucial period of David's artistic career as he struggled both to "save his neck" and to recast his identity in the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines David's work in the context of the larger cultural and social formations emerging in France and offers a new perspective on his paintings and on French artistic culture at an important point in its history."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-365) and index.

Introduction -- The shadow of the guillotine -- Blind memories -- The revolution Glacée -- Psyche in the boudoir.

"Twice imprisoned after the fall of Robespierre, French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) faced an artistic and personal crisis as the political and cultural values he had embraced crumbled in the mid-1790s. This book examines the crucial period of David's artistic career as he struggled both to "save his neck" and to recast his identity in the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines David's work in the context of the larger cultural and social formations emerging in France and offers a new perspective on his paintings and on French artistic culture at an important point in its history."--BOOK JACKET.

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Focusing on the period after the fall of Robespierre, Lajer-Burcharth (humanities, Harvard) reframes David's art in relation to gender tensions within French society at the time and within the artist's vision of himself. The methodologies of gender studies and semiotics are the focus of her argument, which sacrifices traditional art historical analysis. The author demonstrates how revolutionary dress and the stresses and losses it implied were reflected in the instability of David's art and his place as a revolutionary artist in French society. While trying to offer a new perspective on David and on visual representation during this period of French history, Lajer-Burcharth often looses her focus by cloaking David and his art in literary theory and opaque jargon. Recommended only for art libraries that support graduate programs in art history. While concentrating on the same time period, Roberts examines David and Jean-Louis Prieur, the most popular illustrator of the period, within a post-Marxist framework. Roberts first defines the Revolution in the theoretical terms of Jrgen Habermas's bourgeois public sphere, which is separate from the political sphere of the state. He also discusses Roger Chartier's idea of the division of the educated elite from the masses during the French Revolution. With these theoretical underpinnings, the author examines Prieur and David, who in their art reflected the concerns of both the plebeian "peuple" and the educated "public" of the salons. A detailed historical account of the key moments of the Revolution is included and related to the works of both men. This scholarly study is recommended only for libraries that support graduate programs in art or French history.--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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