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The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic Hardcover – 25 Mar 1993
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"Mainardi has filled a sorry gap in the field....Mainardi provides valuable information and insight concerning the state art system....can expand and enhance our general conception of the later nineteenth-century art world." Alisa Luxenberg, Art Journal "The scholarship is impeccable, with an extremely impressive command of primary and secondary sources alike. Considering the often complicated nature of the subject matter, the style is refreshingly direct and readable. Mainardi packs an enormous amount of information and sophisticated analysis into this volume. It will be a major resource for scholars studying the cultural climate of the early Third Republic." Robert Jay, Nineteenth-Century French Studies ."..important and provocative book....Mainardi's intriguing book invites further exploration of the complex ways in which divergent audiences and artist communities conceptualized the relationship between art and the marketplace." Rachel N. Klein, American Historical Review
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.See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Informative and Intelligent
20 March 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
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.
I hear an axe grinding in the background: a disappointing read
1 December 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
6 people found this helpful.
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.