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America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

By (author) Yuriko Jackall
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 20th Apr 2017
Dimensions: w 264mm h 323mm d 40mm
Weight: 2775g
ISBN-10: 1848222343
ISBN-13: 9781848222342
Barcode No: 9781848222342
Synopsis
In 1815, Joseph, elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, arrived in America, bringing with him his vast and exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French painting, and a new American taste for eighteenth-century French painting was born. America Collects Eighteenth-century French Painting brings together some of the best and most unusual examples of this type of art that American museums have to offer, and tells their stories on a national stage. Who were the collectors, curators, museum directors and dealers responsible for bringing eighteenth-century French painting to America? Where are the paintings now? The book considers America's very real fascination with France in the eighteenth century: a staunch ally in the Revolutionary wars, a cultural and intellectual model for Franklin, Jefferson and other Americans abroad. It also looks at the way in which the cultural ideal of eighteenth-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.

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