Courbet - Art & Ideas (Paperback)
  • Courbet - Art & Ideas (Paperback)

Courbet - Art & Ideas (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 23/05/1997
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Amid the background of social turbulence in the mid-nineteenth century, Gustave Courbet's unconventional paintings of real people in everyday scenes came to embody values with radical political implications. James Rubin addresses the entire range of Courbet's work: from his hunting scenes and spirited landscapes, to his portraits and erotic nudes. He combines a clear reading of the artist's paintings with a rigorous discussion of the unique personal, political and social framework within which they were created.

Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780714831800
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 220 x 160 x 20 mm


"An eloquent and intelligent account of Courbet's work. Rubin manages to find a level which makes the book relevant to present scholarship on Courbet, but also eminently accessible to undergraduate students."-John Kear, Department of the History and Theory of Art, University of Kent at Canterbury

"Enlightening and very readable."-The Artist

"Rubin writes with uncommon lucidity."-Art Review

On the Art & Ideas series

"Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing."-Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London

"The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods... I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools."-Joachim Pissarro, Yale University

"Phaidon's series may prove to be the pick of the crop. It boasts expert but undogmatic texts and a wealth of illustrations."-The Sunday Telegraph

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