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The Nude in French Art and Culture, 1870-1910 - Heather Dawkins

The Nude in French Art and Culture, 1870-1910

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Published: 15th August 2013
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Dawkins examines the forces that made the nude a contentious image in the early Third Republic. Analyzing the evolving relationship between the fine-art nude, print culture and censorship, Heather Dawkins explores how artists, art critics, politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, and judges evaluated the nude. She shows how spectatorship of the nude was refracted through the ideals of art, femininity, republican liberty, and public decency. An art form made for and by men, the nude was rarely the subject of serious engagement on the part of women. A few, nevertheless, attempted to take up the issues and challenges of the nude. Dawkins investigates in detail how these women reshaped the genre of the nude and its spectatorship in order for it to accommodate their own experience and subjectivity.

'An erudite, insightful account ... a fascinating, revealing examination of an exciting time in art.' Antiques Magazine
"This valuable book on the nude in French art and culture, which offers fascinating new material and careful analysis, will be richly rewarding for art historians and scholars in the humanities." CAA Reviews
"In an era of deep political and cultural conservatism in which gender roles are being steadily remapped, layered over familiar, traditional, and seemingly safe ones, Dawkins's examination of the female nude is a welcome addition to an already substantial corpus." John Potvin<

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Decency in Dispute: Viewing the Nudep. 7
Modelling Another View: Posing for the Nudep. 86
Improper Appreciation: Women and the Fine Art of the Nudep. 115
A Defiant Imagination: Marie de Montifaud, Censorship, and the Nudep. 134
Epiloguep. 172
Notesp. 175
Works Citedp. 215
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780521807555
ISBN-10: 0521807557
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 15th August 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.64