Jean-Antoine Houdon :sculptor of the Enlightenment /Anne L. Poulet, with Guilhem Scherf [and others].

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-320097

Description

384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm, French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1826) has long been recognized as the greatest European portrait sculptor of the late eighteenth century, flourishing during both the American and French Revolutions as well as during the Directoire and Empire in France. Whether sculpting a head of state, an intellectual, or a young child, Houdon had an uncanny ability to capture the essence of his subject with a characteristic pose or expression. This lavish exhibition catalogue will immediately take its rightful place as the definitive work on Houdon. With more than one hundred color plates and two hundred black and white halftones, Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment illustrates every stage of the sculptor's fascinating career, from his early portrayals of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to his stunning portraits of American patriots such as George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Accompanying the images of Houdon's masterworks are four insightful essays that discuss Houdon's views on art (based in part on a newly discovered manuscript written by the artist) as well as his prominence in the highly varied cultures of eighteenth-century France, Germany, and Russia.

Details

Descriptive Terms

2003.
Portrait sculpture, French
Portrait sculpture, French.
Plastieken.

Originator

Poulet, Anne L.
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
J. Paul Getty Museum.
Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Contents

Directors' Foreword / Earl A. Powell III, Deborah Gribbon and Pierre Arizzoli-Clementel -- Lenders to the Exhibition -- Preface and Acknowledgments / Anne L. Poulet -- Houdon, "Above All Modern Artists" / Guilhem Scherf -- Etat des Choses: A Recently Discovered Document by Houdon / Anne L. Poulet, Ulrike D. Mathies and Christoph Frank -- Houdon and the German Courts: Serving the Francophile Princes / Ulrike D. Mathies -- "A Man More Jealous of Glory than of Wealth": Houdon's Dealings with Russia / Christoph Frank -- Early Works -- Figures in the Arts -- Family and Friends -- Enlightenment Figures -- Decorative Sculpture -- American Patriots -- The Courts of Europe -- Late Works -- Boilly's Paintings -- Abbreviated Chronology of Houdon's Life and Work / Monique Barbier -- App. Etat des choses renfermees dans les caisses envoyees a son Altesse Monseigneur le Duc de Saxe Gotha.

Publication

Washington, DC : Published by the National Gallery of Art in association with the University of Chicago Press

Description

384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1826) has long been recognized as the greatest European portrait sculptor of the late eighteenth century, flourishing during both the American and French Revolutions as well as during the Directoire and Empire in France. Whether sculpting a head of state, an intellectual, or a young child, Houdon had an uncanny ability to capture the essence of his subject with a characteristic pose or expression. This lavish exhibition catalogue will immediately take its rightful place as the definitive work on Houdon. With more than one hundred color plates and two hundred black and white halftones, Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment illustrates every stage of the sculptor's fascinating career, from his early portrayals of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to his stunning portraits of American patriots such as George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Accompanying the images of Houdon's masterworks are four insightful essays that discuss Houdon's views on art (based in part on a newly discovered manuscript written by the artist) as well as his prominence in the highly varied cultures of eighteenth-century France, Germany, and Russia.

Notes

Catalog of an exhibition held at National Gallery of Art, Washington, May 4-Sept. 7, 2003, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 4, 2003-Jan. 25, 2004, and Musée du château de Versailles, Mar. 1-May 30, 2004.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-371) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

0894683012
9780894683015
0226676471
9780226676470
0226676498
9780226676494

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.490

Other People and Orgs

Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)

Material Type

Exhibitions.
Exhibitions