Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment - the exhibition catalogue from Louvre/J. Paul Getty Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment

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Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment

One of the most imaginative artists of eighteenth-century France, Edme Bouchardon (1698 1762) was instrumental in the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism and in the artistic rediscovery of classical antiquity. Much celebrated in his time, Bouchardon created some of the most iconic images of the age of Louis XV. His oeuvre demonstrates a remarkable variety of themes (from copies after the antique to anatomical studies), media (drawings, sculptures, medals, prints), and techniques (chalk, plaster, wax, terracotta, marble, bronze).

With five essays by experts on Bouchardon's sculpture and graphic arts, more than 140 catalogue entries, and a detailed chronology, this handsome companion book to an exhibition at The Louvre and The Getty Center demonstrates the originality of Bouchardon's art within the cultural and social context of the period, while suggesting the subtle relationship between, as well as the relative autonomy of, the artist's two careers as a sculptor and a draftsman.

This lavishly illustrated publication represents an unprecedented and thorough survey on this major and unique artist from the Age of Enlightenment, offering in-depth scholarship based on unpublished material. 

  • Author: Anne-Lise Demas, Curator and head of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Date published: January 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1606065068
  • Product Dimensions: 25.0 x 15.0 cm

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