Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914

Edited by June Hargrove and Neil McWilliam

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September 1, 2005
336 pages, 9 x 11
144 b/w + 17 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300107555

Published by the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts/distributed by Yale University Press

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 memorialized the Franco-Prussian War and connections between nationalism and artistic styles. Collectively, the essays represent a new approach in treating nationalism as a common thread among political and philosophical movements generally seen in terms of their ideological differences.

June Hargrove is professor of nineteenth-century European art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil McWilliam is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

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