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New Book | The Rise and Fall of the Fine Art Print

Posted in books by InternRW on August 13, 2016

From the University of Toronto Press:

W. McAllister Johnson, The Rise and Fall of the Fine Art Print in Eighteenth-Century France (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), 472 pages, ISBN: 978-1442637122 , $85.

The Rise and Fall of the Fine Art Print in Eighteenth-Century FranceSanctioned by France’s Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and struck primarily in order to disseminate the works of the Academy’s members, the eighteenth-century fine art print flourished only briefly. Yet it set into motion the interdependence of graphic and pictorial media. Here, W. McAllister Johnson distills a lifetime of research into an essential study of this seminal phenomenon and chronicles the issues, decisions, and practicalities inherent in making copperplate engravings as articles of art and commerce. His exceptional erudition makes this an unparalleled resource for the study of visual culture and of all aspects of printmaking before the French Revolution.

W. McAllister Johnson is a professor emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto. His most recent book is Versified Prints: A Literary and Cultural Phenomenon.

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C O N T E N T S

Preface

1  The Full Statement of the Question
2  Orienting Concepts
3  Prints as Information
4  The Fine Art Print Defined
5  Pendant Prints
6  The Académie as Catalyst and Regulator
7  The Académie and the Artist
8  Creative Issues
9  Response Time
10 Career Calculus
11 Reputation and Reflected Glory
12 Commercial Ploys and the Art of the Annonce
13 Prints and Paintings on Exhibition
14 Engraved, Not Engraved
15 Criticism, Controversy and Censure
16 Greuze Prints, including the Salon
17 The Clash of Genres
18 Conclusion

Appendix A: The Mercure’s Editorial Policy regarding Prints (1728)
Appendix B: Problems of Engraving and Collecting Prints (1754)
Appendix C: Wille’s Appreciation of Jean Daullé (1763)
Appendix D: An Oudry Portrait for the Book Trade (1767)
Appendix E: A Greuze ‘Lost to France’ multiplied by a Print (1767)
Appendix F: The Art Market : Paintings, Pendants and Petits Sujets (1780)

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