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THE DEATHS OF HENRI REGNAULT. Marc Gotlieb. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 312 pp. with 127 ills. (47 col.). 24 x 20 cm. LC 2015-35766 ISBN 9780226276045 In English.
Publisher's description: This is the first book in English on Henri Regnault (1843-71), a forgotten star of the nineteeth century. A brilliant maverick who once seemed to hold the future of French painting in his hands, Regnault enjoyed a meteoric rise that was cut short when he died at the age of twenty-seven in the Franco-Prussian War. The story of his glamorous career and patriotic death colored French commemorative culture for nearly forty years -- until his memory was swept away by the vast losses of World War I. In The Deaths of Henri Regnault, Marc Gotlieb reintroduces this important artist while offering a new perspective on the ultimate decline of nineteenth-century salon painting. Gotlieb traces Regnault's trajectory after he won the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome, a fellowship that provided four years of study in Italy. Arriving in Rome, however, Regnault suffered a profound crisis of originality that led him to flee the city in favor of Spain and Morocco. But the crisis also proved productive: from Rome, Madrid, Tangier, and Paris, Regnault enthralled audiences with a bold suite of strange, seductive, and violent Orientalist paintings inspired by his exotic journey -- images that, Gotlieb argues, arose precisely from the crisis that had overtaken Regnault and that in key respects was shared by his more avant-garde counterparts.
Artist(s):Regnault, Henri
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 171016
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