RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 41649747 LA English T1 Watteau and the cultural politics of eighteenth-century France A1 Plax, Julie Anne., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 2000 SN 9780521200844 0521200849 052164268X 9780521642682 AB "In Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France, Julie Anne Plax engages in an interdisciplinary examination of several categories of Watteau's paintings - theatrical, military, fetes, and signboards. Arguing that Watteau consistently applied coherent strategies of representation aimed at subverting high art, she shows how his paintings toyed ironically with conventions and genres and confounded traditional categories. Plax connects these strategies to broader cultural themes and political issues that Watteau's art addressed throughout his career, thereby revealing the substantial unity of his oeuvre. Using a wide array of visual and verbal primary resources to illuminate the richness of the visual culture of eighteenth-century Paris and the last years of Louis XIV's reign, Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France contributes substantially to the current reassessment of the period."--BOOK JACKET.