Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France by Julie Anne PlaxWatteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France by Julie Anne Plax

Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France

byJulie Anne Plax

Paperback | April 28, 2011

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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 the art dealer. 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.

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Title:Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.59 inPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521200849

ISBN - 13:9780521200844

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Watteau's Departure of the Italian Comedians in 1697 and the battle of the theater; 2. Watteau's military paintings: conflicts and confluences; 3. The Fête Galante and the cult of Honnêteté; 4. The meeting of high and low culture in Watteau's Gersaint's Signboard.

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"Plax does well to call our attention in a new way to this capacity for transformation of self and culture represented by Watteau's figures." Eighteenth-Century Studies