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Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism and the Fantasy of France
Jennifer Laurie Shaw
February 2002
Book Description
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) was a towering figure in late nineteenth-century France. The country's greatest public painter, he created murals that decorated museums in Amiens, Rouen, and Lyons as well as major buildings in Paris-most notably the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, and the city hall. Critics from the political right, left, and center, the avant-garde, the Academy, and the state all agreed on the importance of Puvis's murals. Avant-garde artists greatly admired and drew from his work. There was much controversy, however, over the meaning of these murals. This handsomely illustrated book is the first full-length examination of Puvis's murals and their critical reception during the artist's lifetime. Jennifer L. Shaw explains that Puvis's paintings were imagined to embody a vision of France. Although his...

Four French Symbolists: A Sourcebook on Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and Maurice Denis, Vol. 20
Russell T. Clement
August 1996
“Clement...offers another admirable sourcebook...Readers interested in only one of the artists should examine the entire book, since the materials and topics overlap. For serious art collections, and for dyed-in-the-wool devotees of late-19th- and early-20th-century art history.”–Choice

Book Description
The first comprehensive, scholarly sourcebook/research guide/bibliography on the major French Symbolist painters, this work includes nearly 3,000 entries covering a variety of materials. Each artist receives a primary and secondary bibliography with many annotated entries. Art works, personal names, and subject indexes facilitate easy access. The volume is designed for art historians, art students, museum and gallery curators, and others interested in this major art...

Toward Modern Art: From Puvis de Chavennes to Matisse and Picasso
Serge Lemoine
September 2002
From Library Journal
This catalog for a monumental show at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice focuses on the importance of Puvis de Chavannes in the development of modern sensibilities by showing his works alongside those of many artists from Europe and North America who were influenced by him. In the opening essay, Lemoine (director, Musee D'Orsay) argues for Puvis's rightful place as the father of modern painting. Nineteen additional essays by important scholars discuss Puvis's murals and easel paintings, located in many major public spaces in France. Respected by contemporaries Degas and Rodin, Puvis influenced younger artists from C zanne and Gauguin to Matisse and Picasso, as well as the Pre-Raphaelites, the Nabis, and other modern movements in many countries. The catalog of works contains more than 500 color illustrations...

Menorah for Athena: Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry
Stephen Fredman
May 2001
Book Description
The first major Jewish poet in America and a key figure of the Objectivist movement, Charles Reznikoff was a crucial link between the generation of Pound and Williams, and the more radical modernists who followed in their wake. A Menorah for Athena, the first extended treatment of Reznikoff's work, appears at a time of renewed interest in his contribution to American poetry.

Stephen Fredman illuminates the relationship of Jewish intellectuals to modernity through a close look at Reznikoff's life and writing. He shows that when we regard the Objectivists as modern Jewish poets, we can see more clearly their distinctiveness as modernists and the reasons for their profound impact upon later poets, such as Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bernstein. Fredman also argues that to understand Reznikoff's work more...

Nationalism in French Visual Culture, 1870-1914
June Hargrove
August 2005
Book Description
Between its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, France experienced a tremendous rise in populist nationalism, the aftershocks of which can still be felt today. In examining the forces that shaped the arts of this period—from the academy to the avant-garde, and from the museum to public spaces—this volume explores the relationship between the arts and political conflict and the impact of nationalism during the early modern period in France.
Fifteen distinguished contributors provide a comprehensive overview of a range of artistic media over five decades. Generously illustrated with works by artists including Georges Braque, Maurice Denis, Edouard Manet, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, as well as with images from the popular press, the book addresses such topics as how artists...

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