PIERRE PUVIS DE CHAVANNES by AimÉe Brown Price

PIERRE PUVIS DE CHAVANNES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824 -- 98) was for a long time the most celebrated painter of 19th-century France. His work was everywhere, commissioned as he was to add visual life to the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, and quite a bit of the rest of Paris as well. Time, however, turned Puvis into somewhat of a Salieri -- later generations dismissed him for a lack of originality and for being, essentially, a court painter whose large allegorical murals catered to the pretensions of a rising middle-class and its attendant vulgarity. But in the spirit of everything old being new again, Puvis is garnering a second glance, most notably in an exhibition, curated by Price, at the Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam, to which this volume is a companion.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Rizzoli -- dist. by St. Martin's