In the September 2011 Issue of ‘The Art Bulletin’

Posted in journal articles by Editor on August 24, 2011

The eighteenth century in the latest issue of The Art Bulletin:

Jean-Louis Laneuville, "The Citoyenne Tallien in the Prison of La Force, Holding Her Hair Which Has Just Been Cut," exhibited at the Salon of 1765.

Amy Freund, “The Citoyenne Tallien: Women, Politics, and Portraiture during the French Revolution,” The Art Bulletin 93 (September 2011): 325-44.

Portraiture dominated visual culture in France after 1789 because it addressed the central challenge of the Revolution: how to turn subjects into citizens. Women, however, were rarely included in Revolutionary definitions of citizenship. Jean-Louis Laneuville’s 1796 portrait of Thérésia Cabarrus, better known as Mme Tallien, negotiates female subjectivity and political participation in radically new ways, inserting its sitter into debates about the place of women in the new republic. The ambitions and failures of Cabarrus’s likeness speak to the ambitions and failures of French portraiture after 1789.

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