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Realism and Role-Play

The Human Figure in French Art from Callot to the Brothers Le Nain

Marika Takanishi Knowles (author)

ISBN: 9781644531822

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Fascinated by the intricate politics of the encounter between two human beings, seventeenth-century French artists represented the human figure as a performer acting out a social role. This book draws on literature, social history, and affect theory in order to understand the way that figuration performed social positions.
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After the heroic nudes of the Renaissance and depictions of the tortured bodies of Christian saints, early seventeenth-century French artists turned their attention to their fellow humans, to nobles and beggars seen on the streets of Paris, to courtesans standing at their windows, to vendors advertising their wares, to peasants standing before their landlords. Fascinated by the intricate politics of the encounter between two human beings, artists such as Jacques Callot, Daniel Rabel, Abraham Bosse, Claude Vignon, Georges de la Tour, Jean de Saint-Igny, the Brothers Le Nain, Pierre BrÉbiette, Jean I Le Blond, and Charles David represented the human figure as a performer acting out a social role. The resulting figures were everyday types whose representations in series of prints, painted galleries, and illustrated books created a repertoire of such contemporary roles. Realism and Role-Play draws on literature, social history, and affect theory in order to understand the way that figuration performed social positions.
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 20
Date Published 30 Dec 2020
Publisher University of Delaware Press
Series Studies in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture
Subject/s History of art / art & design styles   European history  
Marika Knowles is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Saint Andrews.

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