"Authors use sixty-eight 18th-century French paintings from American museum collections to present a fascinating American social history through the lens of taste and collecting practices. Depictions of opulent fashion, court gatherings, and decadent pleasures appealed to late 19th- and early 20th-century American collectors. Neoclassical representations of Greek heroes, with stern lessons about democracy, ethics, and moral choices, had another appeal. Both inform our culture and society today and even feature several women artists as well as one of the first mixed-race painters in the Western canon."--Provided by publisher.
Only in America / Pierre Rosenberg -- American visions of eighteenth-century France / Yuriko Jackall -- Wildenstein in America / Joseph Baillio -- Fiske Kimball and French period rooms in America / Jack Hinton -- The Tuck donation to the Petit Palais: a mirror of American taste / Christophe Leribault -- Femmes-artistes and America from the early Republic to the Gilded Age / Melissa Hyde -- Eugenia Woodward Hitt collects / Robert Schindler -- Buying against the grain : American collections and French neoclassical paintings / Philippe Bordes -- Joseph Duereux, John Maxon, and the Spencer Museum of Art / Susan Earle -- When the Eighteenth century was new: Joseph Bonaparte in Amercia / D. Dodge Thompson -- Notes on the American reception of eightenth-century French painting / Joseph J. Rishel
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