In the years around 1710, Antoine Watteau established the Fête galante as a highly successful genre in French painting. When the painter died at the age of thirty-seven, the Fête galante's aesthetic attraction and innovative potential had firmly established market demand and critical appreciation. An entire generation of artists was experimenting to continue Watteau's project. The role of his only pupil, Jean-Baptiste Pater, in this development has often been reduced to that of a mere follower. Dr.
Join us for the Eleventh Annual Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture on 18th-Century French Art, featuring Dr. Mary Sheriff, the W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dog painting was serious business in 18th-century France. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Water Spaniel Confronting a Heron and Study of a Hound Baying are more than simple studies of animals. Dr. Amy Freund, assistant professor of art history at Texas Christian University, takes a closer look at these paintings in which the dogs' bodies stand in for the human bodies of their owners and viewers, serving as proxies in the era's most pressing debates about personhood, violence, and privilege.
Anne Poulet, former director of the Frick Collection, discusses the work of French sculptor Clodion, including two masterpieces in the Michael L. Rosenberg Collection. These terracotta sculptures of running bacchantes, followers of the Roman god Bacchus, are perfect examples of the artist's technical prowess and dynamism. This is the ninth annual lecture in the series.
Dr. Susan L. Siegfried, Denise Riley Professor of the History of Art and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, describes how the easy exchanges between the real and the fantasy elements in late 18th-century French genre scenes helped patrons and viewers participate in the scenes imaginatively. (Eighth Annual Rosenberg Lecture)
In 18th-century France, fashionable patrons commissioned “allegorical portraits,” which showed their subjects as classical goddesses, muses, or other mythological figures. Dr. Kathleen Nicholson, Professor of Art History at the University of Oregon, investigates Nicolas de Largillière's portrait of the Countess of Montsoreau and her sister as the goddess Diana and an attendant. (Seventh Annual Rosenberg Lecture)
January 27, 2011
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