Study Days | Fancy‒Fantaisie‒Capriccio: Diversions and Distractions

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 29, 2015

From the conference programme (in conjunction with the exhibition Ceci n’est pas un portrait: Figures de fantaisie) . . .

Fancy‒Fantaisie‒Capriccio: Diversions and Distractions in the Eighteenth Century
Musée Paul-Dupuy, Toulouse, 3–4 December 2015

Organized by Muriel Adrien, Melissa Percival, and Axel Hémery

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 5.42.46 PMAssociated with the imagination and not reason, fancy (fantaisie) in the eighteenth century was a sort of whimsical distraction from the everyday. For Voltaire it was ‘a singular desire, a passing whim’ (‘un désir singulier, un goût passager’), while for Samuel Johnson it was ‘something that pleases or entertains without real use or value’. Together with its near-synonym caprice (capriccio), fancy was part of a rich semantic network, connecting wit, pleasure, erotic desire, spontaneity, improvisation, surprise, deviation from norms, the trivial and inconsequential. Unpredictable and quirky, it offered many outlets for artistic creativity.

These study days will explore the expressive freedom of fancy (fantaisie, capriccio) in European culture during the eighteenth century—in figure and landscape painting, architecture, and garden design, philosophy and fiction, theatre and music.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  3  D E C E M B E R  2 0 1 5

14:00 Welcome and introduction

14:15  Chair: Melissa Percival
• Keynote Speaker — Martin Postle, Modelling for the Fancy Picture: Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy
• Frédéric Ogée, Fancying Nature: The Posterity of Joseph Addison’s’ Pleasures’ in English Enlightenment Culture

15:30 Tea and coffee

16:00  Chair: Xavier Cervantes
• John Chu, ‘The Many Peopled Wall’: Fancy Pictures and Annual Exhibitions in Eighteenth-Century London
• Isabelle Baudino, Picturing the Past: The Fancy Picture and the Historical Imagination in Britain
• Hélène Ibata, British Capricci: From the Picturesque to the Sublime

18:30  Viewing of the exhibition Fantasy Figures at the Musée des Augustins

20:30  Dinner

F R I D A Y ,  4  D E C E M B E R  2 0 1 5

9:15  Chair: Muriel Adrien
• Keynote Speaker — Guillaume Faroult
• Emmanuel Faure-Carricabururu, Figures de fantaisie de Jean-Baptiste Santerre et limites des cadres génériques d’interprétation

10:30  Tea and coffee

11:00  Chair: Frédéric Ogée
• Christophe Guillouet, La production gravée parisienne au cœur de L’invention d’un genre? Les «fantaisies» de Poilly et Courtin (1710–1728)
• Bénédicte Miyamoto, ‘As Whimsical and Chimearical as their Forms Are’: Ornamental and Fanciful Motives in English Drawing Books
• Pierre-Henri Biger, De la fantaisie des éventails aux éventails de fantaisie

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Chair: Isabelle Baudino
• Vanessa Alayrac, ‘A Butterfly Supporting an Elephant’: Chinoiserie in Eighteenth-Century England, or ‘the Luxuriance of Fancy
• Xavier Cervantes, Réminiscences vénitiennes et hybridité culturelle dans les vues et capricci anglais de Canaletto
• Adrián Fernández Almoguera, Du cabinet privé à la villa suburbaine: caprices et fantaisies artistiques dans la capitale des Lumières espagnoles

15:30  Tea and coffee

16:00  Chair: Hélène Dachez
• Laurent Châtel, Fancy a Garden? The Hortulean Pleasures of Imagination and Virtuality
• Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud, Cappricioso, Or a New ‘Grammar in Motion’ in Music and Ballet
• Alice Labourg, ‘Fancy Paints with Hues Unreal’: Pictorial Fantasy and Literary Creation in Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic Novel

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