The Art and Spirit of Paris: A Story of the Legendary Town of Fools

Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
  • erscheint ca. am 20. November 2003
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  • 1654 Seiten
978-1-55859-760-0 (ISBN)
A dazzling successor to Abbeville's The Art of Florence, this two-volume tour de force sweeps through the entire history of the arts in Paris, from the Stone Age to the pyramid at the Louvre. Contains Vol 1 and Vol 2, slipcased. All the arts--painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, interior design, graphic design, photography, film, fashion, the theater, and opera--have played a role in creating the enduring spirit of Paris. To this day it remains a world center of innovation in art, architecture, and design, and one of the most thoroughly pleasurable of all modern cities. Assembled under the editorial direction of Michel Laclotte, former director of the Musee du Louvre, and with the participation of outstanding scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, The Art and Spirit of Paris spans more than 6,000 years of cultural history. In two volumes, comprising nine insightful and wide-ranging chapters, and with approximately 1,500 illustrations, the authors chronicle the history of the visual arts in Paris, tracing their evolution and that of the social systems that supported them.
Volume I introduces the Gallo-Roman settlement described by Caesar and unearthed by modern archeologists, literally the foundation of modern Paris. From these beginnings, the book takes the reader up through The Renaissance city and the center of the Enlightenment, illustrated by the masterpieces of painting and the decorative arts that established Paris, by the eighteenth century, as the Western world's center of the arts. Volume II begins at 1800, as Napoleon consolidates his power and resolves to make Paris the most beautiful city the world has seen and brings the story of Paris up to the present, examining the remarkable ways Paris has yet again remade herself, as a city of spectacle and guardian of her remarkable past, while remaining a vital center of fashion, theater, and the visual arts. A lavish selection of photographs, most reproduced in color, complements the lively, informative texts with a revealing mixture of much-loved masterpieces and little-known discoveries.
Completing these luxurious volumes are nine photographic portfolios, featuring classic black-and-white pictures, reproduced in duotone, by such masters as Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Andre Kertesz, which capture the spirit of Paris in visual essays on such subjects as the Seine, Paris by night, shops and cafes, and the city's streets and boulevards.
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  • Höhe: 384 mm
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  • Breite: 325 mm
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  • Dicke: 164 mm
  • 12678 gr
978-1-55859-760-0 (9781558597600)
1558597603 (1558597603)
Michel Laclotte, former chief curator of paintings and retired president-director, Musee du Louvre, Paris Venceslas Kruta, professor, Sorbonne Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, former director, Musee de Cluny and Archives Nationales Claude Mignot, professor, Universite de Tours John Goodman, independent scholar, New York Christopher Lyon, editor and writer specializing in contemporary art Michael Marrinan, professor, Stanford University Gary Tinterow, curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art Andrew Carrington Shelton, assistant professor, Department of History of Art, Ohio State University Jeffrey Weiss, curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Malcolm Gee, professor, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England Francoise Levaillant, director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
Table of Contents from The Art and Spirit of Paris VOLUME I Editor's Note Introduction - Michel Laclotte Portfolio: The View From Above The Origins: From Lutetia To Paris Neolithic Period--A.D. 300 Venceslas Kruta Portfolio: The Seine II. Medieval Paris: The Flowering of an Artistic and Political Capital 300--1527 Alain Erlande-Brandenburg Late Antiquity to the High Middle Ages Romanesque Art (late 10th century--1135) Early Gothic Art (c. 1135--c. 1190) High Gothic (1190--1230) Rayonnant Gothic (1230--1300) The Conquest of the New Style (1240--1260) The Last Years of the Thirteenth Century The Emergence of a Court Style (c. 1300) Courtly Art (1320--1360) Flamboyant Gothic: From Royal to Bourgeois Art (after 1360) An Age of Princes (1380--1436) The Ascendancy of the Bourgeoisie (1436--1520) Portfolio: Stone and Metalwork III. The New Rome 1527--1700 Claude Mignot Introduction Renaissance Paris (1527--1594) The Century of Louis XIII (1594--1660) Paris or Versailles (1660--1700) Portfolio: Unseen Paris IV. Regence to Revolution 1700--1799 John Goodman Paris as the Center of Luxury and Skepticism Sensation and Invention: The Ascendency of the Moderns The Neoclassical Turn: Sparta versus Imperial Rome The City Transformed Emulation and Contestation: Painting and Sculpture (1770--1789) Revolution: Destruction and Regeneration Portfolio: Streets and Boulevards V. Capital of the Nineteenth Century 1800--1851 Christopher Lyon and Michael Marrinan The Last Monarchs Napoleonic Paris Staging the Drama of Empire David and His Followers The Advent of Romanticism Imagining the Past "Engineer's Architecture": From Galeries to Gares Reshaping Paris The Triumph of the Romantics The Monarchy of the Middle Class Notes Bibliography (General and Chapters 1-5) VOLUME II VI. La Ville Lumiere 1852--1889 The Second Empire: 1852--1870 Gary Tinterow Napoleon III and His Court The New Louvre The Exposition Universelle of 1855 The Salons The Exposition Universelle of 1867 Japonisme Napoleon III, Haussmann, and the Transformation of Paris The Paris Opera The Third Republic: 1870--1889 Andrew Carrington Shelton "L'Annee terrible": The Siege of Paris and the Commune A Return to "Moral Order" Worldly Women The New Painting Portfolio: Gardens VII. Modernism and Memory 1889--1914 Jeffrey Weiss Science and Style Symbolism and the Post-Impressionist Retreat The Compromise of Public Art Art Nouveau The Aesthetic of the Street Painting: Bourgeois Salons to Bohemian Montmartre Modernism and the Marketplace Modern Classicism The Camera Cubism: The Fragmented and Inscribed City Epilogue: The Melancholy of Departure Portfolio: Paris By Night VIII. Paris in War and Peace 1914--1945 Malcolm Gee From War to War The Visual Arts in Wartime Paris The International Expositions of 1925 and 1937 Paris as an Art Center Between the Wars The Art Dealers and the Collectors Painting and Sculpture after Cubism The Modern Habitat Entertainment, Spectacle, and Adornment Art Debates of the 1930s Vichy Portfolio: Markets and Shops IX. From Liberation to the Twenty-First Century 1945--Present Francoise Levaillant The Postwar Period (1944 to the 1960s) The Triumph of Abstraction in the 1950s Metamorphoses of Painting and Sculpture after 1960 The Renewal of Public Space in Paris Fashion and Design Architectural Visions and the New Cultural Axes of the Capital Postscript: Paris as Spectacle Portfolio: Cafes and Brasseries Notes Bibliography Chronology Acknowledgments About the Authors Index Picture Credits
Praise for The Art and Spirit of Paris: "Dazzling...The scope of this omnibus collection is astounding." - The New York Times "Essays of dizzying ambition...good value too." - Chicago Tribune

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