The history of French painting from the origins to the 20th century, analyzed in terms of axes of influence, style and clientele, with a fine selection of images.
[French painting] A complete panorama of the major movements that have marked the evolution of the French school of painting, covering a wide range of techniques, currents and artists, including figures once considered “minor”.
Alongside absolute masterpieces works of lesser renown are presented, making it possible to see the great masters in a new, surprising light, and doing justice to other painters of undeniable talent and ability.
The book outlines the evolution of French painting from its medieval origins, through the refined stylistic eras of the Renaissance and Classicism, all the way to the great developments of the 17th century. The analytical focus is on the more recent centuries, from the lively, elegant style of Boucher and Fragonard to the neoclassicism of David and Ingres, the disconcerting realism of Géricault and Courbet to the magic of the Impressionist masterpieces, all the way to the 20th-century avant-gardes and the latest eclectic trends in contemporary art.