Fragonard by Mary D. Sheriff
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Fragonard by Mary D. Sheriff

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In the aftermath of the French Revolution, Jean Honore Fragonard, perhaps the most significant French painter of the eighteenth century, was condemned first as a purveyor of luxury items and later as an artist who abandoned noble subjects for the erotic genre. In this revisionist, art-historical study, Mary D. Sheriff challenges such pejorative views of Fragonard by arguing that he is better understood as an artist whose unsurpassed technical skill and witty manipulation of academic standards established a dynamic relation with the audience his art both courted and created. Sheriff begins her inquiry with an appraisal of Fragonard criticism, followed by an extensive and thoroughly original reading of selected works by Fragonard and of the eroticism encoded in them. Art and eroticism converge in a discussion of execution, in which Sheriff explores the changing conception of execution and elucidates its complex rhetorical and cultural underpinnings. Drawing on analytic methods from contemporary critical theory and an understanding of each work's cultural milieu, Sheriff pays particular attention throughout to the relation between beholder and work of art, which she views as manifest in the artist's preoccupation with the play between the real and the fictive. Scholars and students of art history, eighteenth-century culture and history, critical theory, literary criticism, and all those drawn to the work of this great French painter will find this work essential reading."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226752730
ISBN-10: 0226752739
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 185mm x 21mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Explores the complex interrelationships among creativity, sexuality, the body, and the mind in eighteenth-century France. This work examines the different forms of deviance ascribed to male and female artists. It also demonstrates that the perceived connections among sexuality, creativity, and disease also opened artistic opportunities for women.

Exceptional Woman by Mary D. Sheriff Exceptional Woman, Paperback (November 1997)

A court-painter to Marie Antoinette, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun was rediscovered in the 1970s as part of the "hidden feminist heritage". This text uses her career to explore the position of "woman-artist" in the moral, philosophical, professional and medical debates about women in 18th-century France.

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Author Biography - Mary D. Sheriff

Mary D. Sheriff is associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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