Canvases and Careers Institutional Change in the French Painting World

ISBN-10: 0226894878

ISBN-13: 9780226894874

Edition: N/A

Authors: Harrison C. White, Cynthia A. White

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In the nineteenth century, the Acadeacute;mie des Beaux Arts, and institution of central importance to the artistic life of France for over two hundred years, yielded much of its power to the present system of art distribution, which is dependent upon critics, dealers, and small exhibitions. In Canvases and Careers, Harrison and Cynthia White examine in scrupulous and fascinating detail how and why this shift occurred. Assimilating a wide range of historical and sociological data, the authors argue convincingly that the Academy, by neglecting to address the social and economic conditions of its time, undermined its own ability to maintain authority and control. Originally published in 1965, this ground-breaking work is a classic piece of empirical research in the sociology of art. In this edition, Harrison C. White's new Foreword compares the marketing approaches of two contemporary painters, while Cynthia A. White's new Afterword reviews recent scholarship in the field.
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Book details

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Foreword to the 1993 Edition
Roots of the Nineteenth-Century
Art Machine Artist as Learned Man
Triumph of the Royal Academy Paris
The Magnet Genesis of the Dealers Critics'
Emergence Persistence of Guild Patterns
The Machine in Flower Government
Patronage and the New Elite Training
Official Route to Success
The Education of Hippolyte
Flandrin Realities of Training
The Salon Proving Ground
The Prestige of French Painting
A Small Army
The Home Guard Dividing the Spoils Notes
A New System Emerges
Change in Social Context
Changing Techniques and the Artist's Role
A Glut in Search of a Market Canvases vs. Careers
Subject Matter, Styles, and Markets
The Dealer-Critic System
Individual Careers and the New System
Decay of the Academic System
Might-Have-Beens Francois Bonvin
Between Two Systems
The Impressionists Their Roles in the New System
"For Fear of Remaining a Nonentity"
Official Training--and Alternatives
First Meetings and Working Relationships
A Piece of a Meaning
To Instruct the Public
Critic as Theorist
The Critic as Publicist and Ideologue
The Dealer as Speculator
The Dealer as Patron "It's a Wonderful Business Being a Bourgeois--without a Cent!"
Manet's Sales Pissarro's Finances Monet's Money
An Expendable Weapon
The Group Show Impressionists and the Dealer-Critic System
Afterword to the 1993 Edition
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