The Journal of Eugène Delacroix is one of the most important works in the literature of art history: the record of a life at once public and private, it is also one of the richest and most fascinating aesthetic documents of the nineteenth century, as Delacroix reflects throughout on the relations between the arts, especially painting and writing. Indeed, he approaches the question from a unique perspective, that of a painter who wrote extensively and theorized his own writing in the Journal, a painter who had a passion for literature and a powerful literary imagination, a narrative painter whose work is rooted in literature and the literary.
This book is the first to explore the crucial importance of this relation for Delacroix's aesthetic theory and artistic practice. Countering the long critical tradition which sees his writing as the inverse of his painting, it argues that, through his diary and art criticism, he sought to develop a painter's writing, proper to painting itself, and that such a writing is closely related to his conception of pictorial art. This approach has significant implications for interpreting the narratives of his public decorations, four of which are analyzed here: the library schemes of the Senate and the Assemblée Nationale, the Apollo Gallery in the Louvre, and the Chapel of the Holy Angels at the church of Saint-Sulpice. Delacroix's ideas on the theoretical and practical relations between writing and painting, narrative and the image, are shown to be central not only to his aesthetic, but also to his views on civilization, history, and culture, and on the role of the artist in the modern world.
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"Prior to this superb new study by Michele Hannoosh, a professor of French literature, the intricacy and proximity of the relationship between Delacroix's writing and painting had not been traced.... The writings are ... recuperated for the history of literature while being recast for use in the history of art.... [An] excellent book."--Nineteenth-Century French Studies
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Description du livre Princeton University Press, 1995. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110691043949
Description du livre Princeton University Press. Hardcover. État : New. 0691043949 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire NEW6.1239725
Description du livre Princeton University Press, 1995. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0691043949