Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile by Philippe Bordes - Book of the Month - December 2011

This beautifully illustrated book, originally published in 2005 in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, is the first to examine the transformation of Jacques-Louis David’s work during the post-Revolutionary period (1800–1825). Each of the works––many of which were previously unknown or inaccessible––is reproduced in color and accompanied by detailed scholarly information. Drawing on many new documents and close analysis of the works featured in the book, Philippe Bordes offers a revisionist view of this deeply reactive artist and the creative output of his “second” career.
“A beautiful book and a significant contribution to our understanding of David’s place in art history.”—Art Times"Bordes gives his readers the benefit of years spent looking at these paintings and drawings, as well as his encyclopedic knowledge . . . of the artistic, social and political histories of the period.”—Louise Govier, The Art Book“[A] marvelously produced catalogue . . . meticulous and informative.”—David A. Bell, New Republic


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