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The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic (Cambridge New Art History & Criticism) Paperback – 30 Sep 1994

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'Mainardi's The End of the Salon is important as a rare attempt to shift our attention from the independent commercial exhibitions, whence emerged the now canonised avantgarde, back to the establishment against which they appeared to rebel ! Mainardi's text is well-conceived and admirably researched !' Arts Review

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This 1993 text examines the cultural forces that contributed to the demise of the most important exhibition centre for art in Europe and America in the late nineteenth century. Tracing the history of the salon from the French Revolution to the 1880s, Patricia Mainardi shows that its contradictory purposes resulted in its collapse.

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Informative and Intelligent 20 Mar. 2013
By Rigby114 - Published on
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After using this book extensively for a serious academic project, I believe that Mainardi has tackled an often discussed topic with a unique and informative perspective. Though not a text for casual readers, The End of the Salon is a wonderful window onto the intricacies of the Parisian art world of the period, bringing a multi-disciplinary point of view to this fascinating time.
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I hear an axe grinding in the background: a disappointing read 1 Dec. 2005
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Format: Hardcover
I thought this was going to be a book on the history of the salon period of French art rather than a book by an author who superimposes a contemporary notion on the period. The writer makes too many leaps and assumptions from the period of the Third Republic in France for credibility. Linking the alleged end of modernism and beginnings of post-modernism to events in France 100 years earlier is thin stuff. The book also unfortunately lacks a sense of insight or flavour from the period. A disappointing read on probably a very interesting period or art.
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