French Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

French Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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An authoritative book surveying the remarkable collection of 18th-century French paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The works catalogued feature stunning examples by leading painters of the period, including Antoine Watteau, Jean Simeon Chardin, Francois Boucher, Joseph Siffred Duplessis, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Hubert Robert, Jacques Louis David, the Van Blarenberghes, and Francois Gerard. Katharine Baetjer provides an incisive history of the Academie Royale, its formation, principles, and regulations, and explores the beginnings of public art discourse in France.

Organized chronologically by artists' birth years, the book includes a short biography of each artist and in-depth discussions of individual paintings that incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship, while numerous comparative illustrations provide essential context.

  • Author: Katharine Baetjer, Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396617
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.4 cm

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