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PASTICHE, FASHION AND GALANTERIE IN CHARDIN'S GENRE SUBJECTS: LOOKING SMART. Paula Radisich. University of Delaware Press, Newark, 2014. Studies in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture. Published in association with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham. 206 pp. with 48 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-31004 ISBN 9781611494242 In English.
Publisher's description: Pastiche, Fashion and Galanterie in Chardin's Genre Subjects seeks to understand how Chardin's genre subjects were composed and constructed to communicate certain things to the elites of Paris in the 1730s and 1740s. This book argues against the conventional view of Chardin as the transparent imitator of bourgeois life and values so ingrained in art history since the nineteenth century. Instead, it makes the case that these pictures were crafted to demonstrate the artist's wit (esprit) and taste, traits linked to conventions of seventeenth-century galanterie. Early eighteenth-century Moderns like Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) embraced an aesthetic grounded upon a notion of beauty that could not be put into words--the je ne sais quoi. Despite its vagueness, this model of beauty was drawn from the present, departed from standards of formal beauty, and could only be known through the critical exercise of taste. Though selecting subjects from the present appears to be a simple matter, it was complicated by the fact that the modernizers expressed themselves through the vehicles of older, established forms.
Artist(s):Chardin, Jean-Simeon
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1600-1800 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170048
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