Item Number: 144295
Title: America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Author: Jackall, Yuriko (et al)
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Description: London: Lund Humphries, 2017. 31cm., hardcover, 304pp., 160 color illus. Exhibition held at National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Summary: American taste for 18th-century French painting was born. America Collects Eighteenth-century French Painting brings together some of the best and most unusual examples of this type of art that American museums have to offer, and tells their stories on a national stage. Who were the collectors, curators, museum directors and dealers responsible for bringing 18th-century French painting to America? Where are the paintings now? The book considers America's very real fascination with France in the 18th century: a staunch ally in the Revolutionary wars, a cultural and intellectual model for Franklin, Jefferson and other Americans abroad. It also looks at the way in which the cultural ideal of 18th-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.
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