160 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222342 • Publication: May 8, 2017
America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Yuriko Jackall et al
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of May 8, 2017
DescriptionIn 1815, Joseph, elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, arrived in America, bringing with him his vast and exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings, and a new American taste for 18th-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 18th-century French painting to America? Where are the paintings now?
The book considers America's very real fascination with France in the 18th 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 18th-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.