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"J. J. Grandville's work is central to any understanding of modern Parisian culture during the Romantic Age. His early embrace of lithography, delight in the far reaches of the imagination, and fierce commitment to liberal politics sets him apart from his peers. Not even Daumier, with his Balzacian wit, perceptive powers of observation, and vigorous and descriptive graphic line could compare to the bohemian-influenced, satiric range of Grandville's pen drawings and lithographs. In many ways, the impudent, whip whirling gnomish figure on the masthead of the satirical journal La Caricature stands as Grandville's self-image: delighting in the masquerade of carnival, he revels in the humiliation of the staid, self-important, bourgeoisie.
"Clive Getty has already published a groundbreaking study of Grandville's drawings, Grandville: Dessins originaux (Nancy, 1986). And now he has turned his encyclopedic knowledge of the artist's life and work to the publication of Grandville's Missouri Album, a little known album of drawings---many of them intimate sketches, almost doodles, of initial ideas---with excerpts of the artist's diaries. The album gives us insight into the culture and preoccupation of this quintessential Romantic artist, from the social whirl of soirees to the cafe disputes of oppositional politics to visits to the Jardin des Plantes and the Tuileries Gardens. This book makes a most valuable contribution to our understanding of the artistic culture of Paris at the turn of the July Monarchy, and should be read by anyone interested in the world of Balzac, Hugo, and even the emerging Baudelaire. They all intersect in the imaginative universe of J. J. Grandville."
As a result of fabricated accounts endlessly repeated since his death, the early nineteenth-century French satirist, J. J. Grandville (1803-47), is often perceived as being as bizarre as his inventive proto-surrealist imagery. With the recent bicentennial of his birth, it is time for a reassessment of this seminal artist based on primary sources. The Diary of J. J. Grandville and the Missouri Album: The Life of an Opposition Caricaturist and Romantic Book Illustrator in Paris under the July Monarchy by Clive F. Getty does just that. This first major study in English of Grandville allows him to speak for himself through a careful examination of his diary, fragments of which are to be found in a previously unexamined album of drawings in the Special Collections of the University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries. An introductory biography situates the artist within the political, social, and cultural climate of France during the Romantic era and the July Monarchy of Louis-Philippe. The main body of the book consists of an annotated catalog of the album's drawings. Since the majority originate from his diaries, they provide valuable new insights into Grandville's life and work, particularly during those years most extensively represented: 1830, 1833, and 1846. An epilogue explores the genesis of the Missouri Album.
The biography follows Grandville from his native Nancy to Paris where he first gained fame as a satirist with the human/ animal hybrids of Les Metamorphoses du jour (1828-29). After the Revolution of 1830, he produced opposition caricatures for Philipon's La Caricature, Le Charivari, and the Association mensuelle. With the establishment of press censorship in 1835, Grandville turned to book illustration, producing such innovative masterpieces as Scenes de la vie privee et publique des animaux (1842) and Un autre monde (1844). The biography ends with the unusual circumstances of Grandville's death in 1847 and an analysis of the distorted accounts about the deceased artist and how he produced his fantastic images.
The annotated catalog complements the biography. Excerpts from Grandville's diaries chronicle life in Paris as experienced by an upwardly mobile, middle-class artist during the Romantic period. Certain diary entries disclose surprises such as his misgivings about his career as an opposition caricaturist at the very time that he was being celebrated as the "King of Caricature." Those from 1846, the last full year of his life, belie popular perceptions and reveal a loving husband and father devoted to his family and a quiet domestic existence. Along with affording glimpses into Grandville's life, the diary drawings delight the eye and demonstrate changes in his graphic style. The Missouri Album also contains pages from an 1836 sketchbook that document the important role that he played in the emerging field of children's literature.
The Diary of J. J. Grandville and the Missouri Album will appeal to readers interested in the Romantic period in general and the July Monarchy in particular, as well as to scholars specializing in the history of nineteenth-century French political caricature and book illustration.
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Clive F. Getty is a professor of art history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received a diplome superieur in French civilization from the Sorbonne, a BA in history from Muhlenberg College, and two graduate degrees in art history, an MA from the University of New Mexico and a PhD from Stanford University. From 1983 until 1985 he served as a visiting adjunct curator at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, France for which he organized an exhibition and wrote the accompanying catalog, Grandville: Dessins originaux. Inaugurated at the Nancy Musee des Beaux-Arts in 1986, the exhibition traveled the following year to the Musee Carnavalet in Paris. An internationally recognized authority on J. J. Grandville, Professor Getty has published widely on the early nineteenth-century French satirist. He is a laureate of the Academie de Stanislas in Nancy and the recipient of that city's medaille d'or.
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Descrizione libro Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison/Teaneck, 2010. Hard Cover. Condizione: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. hard cover in dust jacket., very slight signs of handling to minute spots, all of negligible impact. clean, no markings or writing. no chips, tears, labels. strong binding.; english text.; 354pp., 125 b/w illustrations. "missouri" refers to the present location of the album, not to its content. Grandville was an artist and caricaturist who produced unique and mysterious images during his rather short life. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice articolo 18622
Descrizione libro Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr. Hardcover. Condizione: Fair. 0838642004 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Codice articolo POXM-0838642004