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The Object of Art: The Theory of Illusion in Eighteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in French)

Marian Hobson

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ISBN 10: 0521243505 / ISBN 13: 9780521243506
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1982
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr Date of Publication: 1982 Binding: hardcover Edition: First Edition Condition: Very Good Description: Lightly read. Previous owner name inked on front free page. Some page corner tips turned down and some scattered margin notes. Previous owner was Prof. Walter E. Rex (1927-2010), Emeritus Professor of French Literature, UC Berkeley. It was part of a collection of over 800 books I obtained that once belonged to Prof. Rex. In 1975, Prof. Rex was offered for the first time, together with Professor Daniel Heartz of the Music Department, an interdisciplinary course on music and literature in the French 18th century (especially concerned with Rousseau and Diderot). A brilliant cellist, Rex was known on occasion to play musical examples for the students in the class on his cello. This course and its successor (a course on Mozart and Beaumarchais, again taught with Professor Heartz) would become legendary on campus. DJ with light shelf wear. 395pp. Bookseller Inventory # 3006375

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Title: The Object of Art: The Theory of Illusion in...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Are works of art imitations? If so, what exactly do they imitate? Should an artist remind his audience that what it is perceiving is in fact artifice, or should he try above all to persuade it to accept the illusion as reality? Questions such as these, which have dominated aesthetic theory since the Greeks, were debated with extraordinary vigour and ingenuity in eighteenth-century France. In this book Dr Hobson analyses these debates, focusing in turn on painting, the novel, drama, poetry and music. In each case she relates theory to contemporary works of art by Watteau, Chardin, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Gluck and many others. She shows that disputes within the theory of each art centred upon the nature of the perceiver's attention. Dr Hobson provides a method of mapping the changes in artistic style which took place as the century advanced. In discussing such conceptual transformations Dr Hobson opens an important perspective for the study of Romanticism and Realism.

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In this book Dr Hobson analyses how art is perceived, focusing in turn on painting, the novel, drama, poetry and music in the eighteenth-century. Dr Hobson provides a method of mapping the changes in artistic style and opens an important perspective for the study of Romanticism and Realism.

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