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Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
Philippe Bordes
0300104472
February 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
French art historian Bordes reappraises the later career of David, who achieved early fame with icons of classicism, such as The Death of Socrates (1787). To say David's politics provoked controversy in his lifetime and divisive opinion today puts things mildly: a radical member of the National Convention that condemned Louis XVI, David eventually muted his revolutionary credentials and "made every effort to be designated team captain" of Napoleon's art patronage. Whatever his motivations, David became the leading court painter. Bordes examines David's paintings and drawings of 1800-1825, to be exhibited this summer in Williamstown, Massachusetts. How the images are regarded today, and their past critical reputations, occupy Bordes' scholarly passages, while his biographical chapters are masterfully clear and...


Before the Wind: True Stories about Sailing
David Gowdey
0070237565
February 1994
Paperback
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Review
Bay & Delta Yachtsman : ``Even if you're not a sailor, you'll love these classic sea tales. I couldn't put this book down.''
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David
Antonio Pinelli
8874391226
September 2004
Hardcover
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Jacques-Louis David: New Perspectives
Jacques Louis David
0874139309
June 2006
Hardcover
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Review
This book makes an intelligent, thought-provoking contribution to the growing body of scholarly literature about the art and personality of Jacques-Louis David. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Painted just before the French Revolution, David's Oath of the Horatii radically challenged the long-dominant classicized rococo style by emphasizing the representation of psychological states through the entire body rather than through the face alone. In these revealing essays on David's modernity, Dorothy Johnson examines the aesthetic innovations and ongoing artistic metamorphosis that shaped a career attuned to intellectual as well as political change. Focusing on the painter's writings and on topics such as his life-long...



Necklines: The Art of Jacques-Louis David After the Terror
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
0300074212
October 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
No artist was more closely tied to the French Revolution than the neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. Twice imprisoned for his political activities during the Terror, David left a visual record of the changes sweeping the French art world, which included a new professional autonomy for the artist and new studio practices, and of the changes in gender relations in late-18th-century France, such as new divorce laws and new scientific approaches to the female body. Relying upon the psychoanalytic studies of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, Harvard professor Lajer-Burcharth looks at the pleasure-seeking upper echelons of French society through David's work. Lajer-Burcharth has a knack for helping the reader to visualize a painting (she compares a shadow behind one of David's figures to "a black stain leaking...


Jacques-Louis David, Revolutionary Artist
Warren Roberts
0807843504
Feb 1992
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Roberts's study of the life and art of 18th-century French painter David attempts to relate both his personality and his participation in the French Revolution and other events of his lifetime to his artistic output. In doing so, Roberts incorporates much previous David scholarship, either to support earlier interpretations or to offer his own alternative ideas. Though marked by a sometimes strained unwillingness to view any of David's actions as anything but well motivated, this account of David's career is complete enough to be understood by those without prior knowledge of the painter or French history. Suitable for students, general readers, and informed laypersons, as well as specialists.- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., CincinnatiCopyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of...


Jacques-Louis David's 'Marat'
William Vaughan (Editor)
0521565243
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
This book focuses on Jacques-Louis David's Marat, one of the key works of art created during the period of the French Revolution and one of the most important works of Western painting. Providing an introduction that outlines the general history of the painting, it provides six new essays, each specially written for this volume, which examine the work from a variety of methodologies, including feminist, psychoanalytic and material analysis approaches. Each of these essays provides for a broader and deeper understanding of the painting, the circumstances in which it was created and commissioned, and its critical and art historical reception over two centuries.


The Death Artist
Jonathan Santlofer
0060004428
August 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Kate McKinnon, a former cop turned philanthropist, art impresario, and socialite, is a heroine straight out of a Judith Krantz novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing: you can always count the brand names Jonathan Santlofer drops on almost every page, even if you're not particularly intrigued by the mystery of who's behind a string of ritualistic serial murders that are carefully staged to resemble famous paintings only a woman with Kate's arcane knowledge and aesthetic judgment might recognize. Or you could figure out who's next on the killer's list faster than Kate manages to--she can't rule anyone out, not even her husband. Despite that rather silly red herring, she finally manages to get to the bottom of things in this stylish thriller from a painter whose fantasies of murder and revenge--on critics,...


Jacques-Louis David
Dorothy Johnson
0892362367
Apr 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Both these books are the latest offerings in series that focus on individual masterpieces. Titian's "Venus of Urbino," thought by many to be the apotheosis of High Renaissance painting, is also a founding landmark of one of Western art's major topics: the female nude. Goffen (art history, Rutgers) has collected six scholarly essays by accomplished art historians that consider the Uffizi Gallery's famous work from numerous methodological points of view. Each writer addresses the painting's principal mystery: Does this eroticized, self-caressing nude actually represent Venus or is she just a 16th-century Venetian courtesan? The resulting package is a mixed bag that will no doubt at times strike many readers as pedantic and unnecessarily recondite. Written by theorists and intended for other cognoscenti and the...


Portraiture in Paris Around 1800
Philippe Bordes
1879067072
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Focusing on portrait painting in Paris during the Consulate (November 1799 to May 1804), this book explores the contextual nexus in which the Portrait of Cooper Penrose was created. Philippe Bordes considers how this picture relates to other works painted by David during this period and to portraits painted by the artist's contemporaries, and also explores the political and social consequences of David's attitude to Bonaparte, the artist's relations with his clients, and the state of his family finances during this period. This investigation of the Portrait of Cooper Penrose constitutes the most complete analysis of the picture ever undetaken. Bordes proposes that Penrose selected David as his portraitist not only because of his international renown as an artist, but also because of his reputation as a...


Jacques-Louis David's 'Marat'
Will Vaughn (Editor)
0521563372
August 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book focuses on Jacques-Louis David's Marat, one of the key works of art created during the period of the French Revolution and one of the most important works of Western painting. Providing an introduction that outlines the general history of the painting, it provides six new essays, each specially written for this volume, which examine the work from a variety of methodologies, including feminist, psychoanalytic and material analysis approaches. Each of these essays provides for a broader and deeper understanding of the painting, the circumstances in which it was created and commissioned, and its critical and art historical reception over two centuries.


Jacques-Louis David and Neoclassicism
Sophie Monneret
2879392179
May 1999
Paperback
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Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Louis Prieur, Revolutionary Artists: The Public, the Populace, and Images of the French Revolution
Warren Roberts
0791442888
October 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
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...

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