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Vortrag Philippe Bordes



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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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The Gender Politics of Sentiment in Post-Revolutionary French Art

Vortragsreihe „Aspekte französischer Kunst, 1650-1800“

Rejected as an expression of moral weakness during the height of Jacobin rule (1793-1794) and systematically associated with feminine sensibility, the appeal to sentiment acquired a new prestige in reinforcing social and political cohesion during the years of republican consolidation that followed. In the arts, iconography and style were put at the service of this strategy, both in the realm of subjects from ancient history and in scenes of modern life. Jacques-Louis David’s Intervention of the Sabine Women (1799) and Hilaire Ledru’s Indigence and Honour (1804) exemplify the gendered politics involved. The return of Jean-Baptiste Greuze to the Salon in the years before his death (1805) was a further signal of this attempt to conciliate the classical and romantic aspirations of the period.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Bordes
was founding director of the Musée de la Révolution française in Vizille, near Grenoble, from 1984 to 1996. He has taught in several universities: Montpellier, UCLA, University College London and Paris-Nanterre. Since 2001 he is professor of art history at the University of Lyon-2. He was guest curator for Jacques-Louis David : Empire to Exile (2005, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Clark Art Institute, Williamstown) and published  Représenter la Révolution. Les Dix-Août de Jacques Bertaux et de François Gérard in 2010. His current research extends to the art of the Renaissance in Lyon, the genre of portraiture and the rococo. With Pascal Bertrand he has recently edited a collection of essays, Portraiture and tapestry (2015).