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The perfect foil

by Elizabeth C. Mansfield | 21 December 2011
PAPERBACK
Category: Art & Design
Synopsis
Art history is haunted by the foil: the dark star whose diminished luster sets off another\u2019s brilliance. Relegated to this role by modern historians of Revolutionary-era French art, Fran\u00e7ois-Andr\u00e9 Vincent (1746-1816) is chiefly viewed in the reflection of his contemporary, Jacques-Louis David. The Perfect Foil frees Vincent from this distorting mirror. Offering a nuanced and historically accurate account of Vincent\u2019s life and work, Elizabeth C. Mansfield reveals the artist\u2019s profound influence on the visual culture of the French Revolution-and, paradoxically, on the art historical narrative that would consign him to obscurity.The Vincent of The Perfect Foil is an artist whose life and work responded to cultural conditions-religious difference, emotional bonds, institutional pressures-only now finding their way into art historical accounts of the period. A successful academician despite his status as a member of the Protestant minority, a leading reformer of arts institutions during the Revolution, the progenitor of French Romanticism, and the husband of one of the period\u2019s most celebrated women artists, Fran\u00e7ois-Andr\u00e9 Vincent emerges in these pages as an embodiment of the ambivalences and contradictions of life in France in the wake of the Enlightenment. By giving us a detailed and faithful portrait of this artist poised at the turning point of history, Mansfield restores a critically important body of work to its rightful place in the story of French art and reorients Revolutionary-era French art history toward a broader, more inclusive understanding of the period.
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Synopsis
Art history is haunted by the foil: the dark star whose diminished luster sets off another\u2019s brilliance. Relegated to this role by modern historians of Revolutionary-era French art, Fran\u00e7ois-Andr\u00e9 Vincent (1746-1816) is chiefly viewed in the reflection of his contemporary, Jacques-Louis David. The Perfect Foil frees Vincent from this distorting mirror. Offering a nuanced and historically accurate account of Vincent\u2019s life and work, Elizabeth C. Mansfield reveals the artist\u2019s profound influence on the visual culture of the French Revolution-and, paradoxically, on the art historical narrative that would consign him to obscurity.The Vincent of The Perfect Foil is an artist whose life and work responded to cultural conditions-religious difference, emotional bonds, institutional pressures-only now finding their way into art historical accounts of the period. A successful academician despite his status as a member of the Protestant minority, a leading reformer of arts institutions during the Revolution, the progenitor of French Romanticism, and the husband of one of the period\u2019s most celebrated women artists, Fran\u00e7ois-Andr\u00e9 Vincent emerges in these pages as an embodiment of the ambivalences and contradictions of life in France in the wake of the Enlightenment. By giving us a detailed and faithful portrait of this artist poised at the turning point of history, Mansfield restores a critically important body of work to its rightful place in the story of French art and reorients Revolutionary-era French art history toward a broader, more inclusive understanding of the period.
€41.99
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Product Details

ISBN - 9780816675814
Format - PAPERBACK
Publisher -
Published - 21/12/2011
Categories - All, Books, Art and Photography, Art, Artists, All, Books, Art and Photography, Art, Art & Design
No. of Pages - 320
Weight - 740
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Page Size - 0
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
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