Wolf N. The Art of the Salon. The Triumph of Nineteenth-Century Painting
This deluxe reconsideration of mid-nineteenth century painting casts a newly appreciative eye on Salon Painting whose masterpieces have been largely dismissed from the canon of Modern art, in favour of those that were famously rejected by the artistic establishment of the time. The Paris Salons of the mid-nineteenth century are famous today above all for the paintings that were rejected more than for those that were actually shown. The rejected works form today s canon of art history and are regarded as heralds of a modern age. This book looks to reassess the other side of the art history of the nineteenth century. Salon Painting has often been dismissed as overly academic or staid. Now art historian Norbert Wolf turns back the pages of history as he reintroduces readers to the artistry and excellence of the Salon Painting in Europe, Britain, Russia and the US. In an opulent new book, illustrated throughout with gorgeous reproductions, Wolf looks at Salon painting from a variety of perspectives, such as the rise of the bourgeoisie and Pariss position as Europes cultural capitol. Wolf examines masterpieces by Cabanel, Manet, Bierstadt, The Pre-Raphaelites, and Sargent, demonstrating how classical subjects gave way to modern concerns. And he explores styles and themes that were especially prevalent in Salon Painting: the history painting; portraits from home and in society; the rise of Orientalism; and the nationalism of landscape. Readers will come away from this well-researched and absorbing book with a steadfast appreciation of the Salons disciplined and academic approach to painting, and an understanding of why these works were once so revered by the general public.