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Watteau's painted conversations : art, literature, and talk in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France

Author: Mary Vidal
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Antoine Watteau painted his engaging and ravishing fetes galantes during a period in which the art of polite conversation flourished in France. In this innovative study, Mary Vidal shows that conversation was central to Watteau's images of sociability and provided the framework for figural and formal relationships even in his military, mythological, theatrical, and religious works. Vidal argues that Watteau's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Pictorial works
Ouvrages illustrés
Named Person: Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Vidal
ISBN: 0300054807 9780300054804
OCLC Number: 25631116
Description: xi, 238 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. Not Just Talk: The Recurring Theme of Conversation in Watteau's Art --
2. The Age of Conversation: France in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries --
3. The Conversational Mode --
4. The Artist as Aristocrat --
5. L'Enseigne de Gersaint and the Conversational Structure of the Artistic Sign.
Responsibility: Mary Vidal.

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