Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints - the exhibition catalogue from J. Paul Getty Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints

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A handsome book exploring about the use of black in 19th Century French drawing

In the mid 19th century, French artists began depicting shadowy, often nocturnal or twilight scenes in which forms appear to emerge out of darkness. This quest for darkened realms led them to explore new subject matter, such as dream states and non-idealized representations of contemporary life. 

The range and availability of black drawing materials exploded with the Industrial Revolution, along with improvements in working methods. This coincided with an interest in painterly techniques, not only in drawing but also in printmaking. It is impossible to say what influences came first, but what followed was a graphic exploration of darkness that constitutes an important moment in the history of Modernism.

This richly illustrated catalogue examines the inspiration that artists drew from their materials, and their expression of darkness through 70 works on paper, all produced in shades of black, by some the 19th century’s greatest artists, including Georges Seurat, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, Goya, and Honoré Daumier. This volume accompanies an exhibition of the same name on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from February to May 2016.

  • Author: Lee Hendrix, Senior Curator of Drawings, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: February 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1606064825
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.1 x 2.3 cm

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