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Language of the Body: Drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

John Elderfield; Robert Gordon

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ISBN 10: 0810935856 / ISBN 13: 9780810935853
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Boston, Massachusetts, 1996
Condition: Near Fine to Fine Hardcover
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10 1/2" x 13", 221 pp., elegant navy blue cloth with debossed gilt titling to front and spine, in illustrated dust jacket with new Brodart clear cover. A very scarce, highly sought-after title in Near Fine to Fine condition: very minor bumps to a few corners, otherwise Fine/As New. Dust jacket is Near Fine with a few slight imperfections at the edges, which are now minimized by a new Brodart cover; see the photo, which is before the mylar cover was added. '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.' - publisher. NF/F. Bookseller Inventory # 02813v

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Title: Language of the Body: Drawings by ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Oversized Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine to Fine

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French artist Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758-1823) is best known as a painter of mythological and allegorical subjects that impressed his younger contemporaries Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix. Fully as deserving of attention is a series of exquisite chalk studies - known as academies - that he made throughout his career. These drawings of male and female nudes - many of which have never before been published - are the focus of this beautiful and unique book.
In his text, John Elderfield first discusses Prud'hon's life and work, examining the complexities and contradictions of his career and his singular place in the art of his time, including his role in the creation of the modern female nude. Then he considers the drawings themselves.
Following the text are fifty-seven of Prud'hon's finest drawings - reproduced in full color - carefully selected and arranged by Robert Gordon to unfold in a visual display of gesture and form. The book concludes with the author's notes and a selected bibliography.

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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.
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