The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France by Richard TawsThe Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France by Richard Taws

The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France

byRichard Taws

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In revolutionary France the life of things could not be assured. War, shortage of materials, and frequent changes in political authority meant that few large-scale artworks or permanent monuments to the Revolution’s memory were completed. On the contrary, visual practice in revolutionary France was characterized by the production and circulation of a range of transitional, provisional, ephemeral, and half-made images and objects, from printed paper money, passports, and almanacs to temporary festival installations and relics of the demolished Bastille. Addressing this mass of images conventionally ignored in art history, The Politics of the Provisional contends that they were at the heart of debates on the nature of political authenticity and historical memory during the French Revolution. Thinking about material durability, this book suggests, was one of the key ways in which revolutionaries conceptualized duration, and it was crucial to how they imagined the Revolution’s transformative role in history.

The Politics of the Provisional is the first book in the Art History Publication Initiative (AHPI), a collaborative grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Thanks to the AHPI grant, this book is available on a variety of popular e-book platforms.

Richard Taws is Lecturer in the History of Art Department, University College London. Richard Taws is Lecturer in the History of Art Department, University College London.
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Title:The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.8 inPublished:April 8, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271054190

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1 Made of Money: Transparent Bodies, Authentic Values, Paper Signs

2 Between States: Passports, Certificates, and Citizens

3 Revolutionary Models/Model Revolutionaries: Architecture, Print, and Participation at the Festival of the Federation

4 Performing the Bastille: Pierre-François Palloy and the Memory-Work of the Revolution

5 Material Futures: Marking Time in a Revolutionary Almanac

6 Paper Traces: Playing Games with the Revolutionary Past

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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“Succeeds as an exposition of the ephemeral art of the Revolution due to Taws’s imaginative choice of objects to be analyzed, his meticulous examination and perceptive analysis of the many, often obscure, features of this art, and his ability to weave his discoveries into a sophisticated and original argument that expands current understanding of the relationship of revolutionary culture to the politics of the Revolution.”—Kenneth Margerison, American Historical Review