French Art from Louis XIV to Delacroix at the Louvre with Marie Dessaillen

French Art from Louis XIV to Delacroix at the Louvre with Marie Dessaillen


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From the caravesque colors of Georges de La Tour to the classicism of Poussin, Lorrain, and Le Brun, from the softness of Watteau to the facetiousness of Boucher and Fragonard, from the grandiose of David and the perfection of the line of Ingres to the horror of Géricault and Delacroix, let's look into the diversity of the French Art from 1600 to 1848.

If Rome remained the main influencer in art in the first half of the seventeenth century, Paris took over once Louis XIV and his minions started designing a politics of the arts that celebrated the greatness of the King and the State. The French classical style that was theorized during that time had an impact all the way to the 19th century. If the artists' names are not necessarily as well known outside of France, the globality of their work, especially at Versailles, was copied by all the European courts in the eighteenth century, and French artists were invited to work abroad the way Italian and Flemish artists had been in the previous centuries.

Classicism was not born in a day though: it emerged in a society that was witnessing the rise of modern science and philosophy while in the midst of a strong, belligerent Catholic spirituality. From the calm and elegant aesthetics of the Parisian style of the 1630-40s ("Atticism"), came two of the most influential French artists (even if they chose to do their careers in Rome), Poussin and Claude Lorrain, who determined the ideal of perfection for the next generations. The century of the Enlightenment added the element of familiarity and fun to the pomp of Versailles, peopling the skies with rosy baby bottoms and female sensuality. The revolutionary neo-classicism of David put a stop to such lovely frivolity and brought back the pomp that Napoleon needed for his propaganda before, in opposition to this antique, statuesque calm, came Romanticism, with all its drama, colors, love of the gore and modernity.

Led by art historian Marie Dessaillen, this interactive discussion will allow for participants to revisit some of France's most famous works of art while placing them back in a chronology and contextualizing them. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of French art from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

This is the last of a series of four seminars led by Marie Dessaillen on the Louvre collections, each independent, designed to describe in-depth the main movements of European Art History. The three other seminars cover the Italian Renaissance, the Flemish Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age, and the French medieval and Renaissance periods. It is an occasion to place all your favorite artists back into a chronology and make sense of their evolution. From Giotto to Michelangelo, from Van Eyck to Vermeer, from the medieval anonymity of the artisan to Delacroix, let's make sense of European Art History!

The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A magnificent presentation!
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K.S.
Excellent talk, as always
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M.H.
Fr. Art 18th Siecle
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