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The End of the Salon : Art and the State in the Early Third Republic - Patricia Mainardi

The End of the Salon

Art and the State in the Early Third Republic

Paperback Published: 9th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521469210
Number Of Pages: 226

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The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic examines the cultural forces that contributed to the demise of the most important series of art exhibitions in nineteenth-century Europe and America. Tracing the history of the Salon from the French Revolution, when it was taken away from the Academy and opened to all artists, to its abandonment by the state in the 1880s, Patricia Mainardi shows that its contradictory purposes, as both didactic exhibition venue and art marketplace, resulted in its collapse. She situates the Salon within the shifting currents of art movements, from modern to traditional, and the evolving politics of the Third Republic, when France chose a republican over a monarchic form of government. This book provides a rich overview of art production during the final decades of the nineteenth century, government attitudes toward the arts in the early Third Republic, and the institution of exhibitions as they were redefined by free-market economics. The End of the Salon demonstrates how all artists were forced to function within the framework of the major social, economic, and cultural changes taking place in France during the nineteenth century and, as a result, how art history and social history are inextricably intertwined.

Industry Reviews

'Mainardi's The End of the Salon is important as a rare attempt to shift our attention from the independent commercial exhibitions, whence emerged the now canonised avantgarde, back to the establishment against which they appeared to rebel ! Mainardi's text is well-conceived and admirably researched !' Arts Review

Pictures to See and Pictures to Sell
Moral Order in the Fine Arts
National education and industrial prosperity
Aesthetic purity
Independents and Independence
The republic of the arts
The Third Republic arts administration
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ISBN: 9780521469210
ISBN-10: 052146921X
Series: Cambridge New Art History & Criticism S
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 9th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.78  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.4

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