Jean Fouquet and the Invention of France

Art and Nation after the Hundred Years War

Erik Inglis

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July 26, 2011
320 pages, 9 x 11
180 b/w + 60 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300134438
Cloth

Jean Fouquet was France's most important 15th-century artist, painting for the courts of Charles VII and Louis XI. His art synthesized the realistic style of Flemish arts like van Eyck with the monumentality of Florentines like Masaccio. Fouquet's work had a powerful appeal, shaping the next two generations of painters and introducing to the French a taste for Italian art.

The first survey of Fouquet's work in English in nearly sixty years, this captivating book offers a major advance in scholarship about the artist and his far-reaching impact. Erik Inglis links Fouquet's style, iconography, and audience to explain how his art helped define French identity, a project of great importance for anxious courtiers in the wake of the Hundred Years War. Jean Fouquet and the Invention of France provides a new lens for looking at the century that saw the greatest changes in French art prior to Impressionism.

Erik Inglis is Associate Professor of Art at Oberlin College in Ohio.

“[A] splendid publication… Highly recommended.”—Choice

“…beautifully illustrated Jean Fouquet and the Invention of France deserves a warm welcome…Inglis’s book is a useful introduction…will surely arouse discussion and reflection.”—Patricia Stirnemann, Burlington Magazine