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Book Description: Harry N. Abrams, 612, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 4to. Harry N. Abrams. 1996. 221 pgs. 57 colorplates, 57 duotone illustrations. DJ in excellent shape, unclipped and with no tears present. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 612; 1 x 13 x 10.75 Inches; 221 pages; A treasure for connoisseurs and scholars, this volume showcases the ravishing chalk studies of male and female nude models made after 1800 by famous French painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Often called "the French Correggio" for his freewheeling mythological and allegorical canvases, Prud'hon (1758-1823) was an unorthodox public artist of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire. The Romantic generation championed his melancholy, mysterious eroticism, which is on full display in these feminized male bodies and idealized female torsos. Chief curator at large for Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, Elderfield looks at Prud'hon's unhappy life? He separated from his violent, drunken wife after 25 years, gaining custody of his five children when she was committed to an insane asylum? And masterfully analyzes startling works that blur normally separated categories (masculine/feminine, platonic/passionate, cool/ecstatic) in a transgressive fantasy of desire. Gordon is an independent art historian. Bookseller Inventory # 24486
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