Napoleon and History Painting: Antoine-Jean Gros's La Bataille d'Eylau by Christopher PrendergastNapoleon and History Painting: Antoine-Jean Gros's La Bataille d'Eylau by Christopher Prendergast

Napoleon and History Painting: Antoine-Jean Gros's La Bataille d'Eylau

byChristopher Prendergast

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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This study is an inquiry into the fortunes, in both theory and practice, of the idea of history painting during the Napoleonic period. Its main argument is that under Napoleon, French history painting, especially battle painting, encountered a series of questions as to its nature andfunction. These questions arose in part from the (often contradictory) demand of a propaganda-machine operating within a postrevolutionary crisis of political legitimation, but also from changes in artistic taste which both retained and re-directed an earlier notion of the civic responsibilities ofthe history painter. This is a resolutely interdisciplinary book: drawing on perspectives from political thought and history, military theory and practice and art history, which centres on the work of the painter, Antoine-Jean Gros, and his controversial painting, La Bataille d'Eylau. `Detailed and highly intelligent . . . this book is a significant addition to the literature on French art of the early nineteenth century.' Times Literary Supplement
Christopher Prendergast is at King's College, Cambridge.
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Title:Napoleon and History Painting: Antoine-Jean Gros's La Bataille d'EylauFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198174225

ISBN - 13:9780198174226

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Table of Contents

1. Questions of detail2. Legitimization crisis3. The moment of history painting4. Painting war5. Art and the state6. Painting war II: La Bataille dEylau.7. World history on horsebackBibliographyIndex

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`Prendergast's skill lies in his highlighting the numerous thematic interpretations of Gros's painting'Burlington Magazine, November 1999