Explorations De L’imaginaire De La ReprÉsentation Au Dix-HuitiÈme SiÈcle FranÇais - Chardin, VigÉe-Lebrun, Diderot, Marivaux

Author: Woodward, Servanne
This work on aesthetics ties together the research on painting and literary forms of representation with close scrutiny of four major figures from the perspective of the creators and their analysis of the creative process. It examines French 18th-century aesthetics, visual arts, painting, autobiography, and theater. Problems of representation include analysis of genre, gender, species (still-life vs. portraiture), social cast (noble vs. bourgeois), and the necessity of self-erasure in the deisplay of oneself as an artist.. In French.


“. . . constitutes a particularly rich and enlightening analysis of some of the most interesting cultural tendencies of eighteenth-century France. This analysis can be commended for the depth of its sources’ studies, by the breadth and pertinence of its critical references, by its personal, original tone, by its remarkable coherence throughout the text. . . . More than a comparison, this truly fascinating and in depth work establishes a network of intellectual relations between diverse forms characterizing the artists and creators of eighteenth-century France: painting, theater, the philosophical essay.” – Jacques Solé

“. . . a multi-disciplinary work. . . . the chapter on Chardin is quite obviously a fine piece of research, convincing, documented, subtle, powerful. The chapter on Vigée-Lebrun is interesting, and it has the merit of tying visual arts to writing, introducing nicely to Diderot. The chapter is following the new tradition of women studies and the revival of women authors. The chapter on Diderot presents a fascinating and bold parallel with Céline, truly enlightening on the dimension of the dialogue for these authors.” – Jean-Jacques Tatin-Gourier