The Plight of Emulation: Ernest Meissonier and French Salon Painting

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By the time of Ernest Meissonier's death in 1891, he was among the most famous painters of the nineteenth century. Delacroix, for instance, had hailed him as the "incontestable master of our epoch" and had felt that Meissonier's posthumous reputation would be greater than his own. But Meissonier's renown quickly vanished, and to modernist critics his oeuvre, composed largely of genre and battle paintings, seemed of little value. This provocative study of emulation contests the modernist critique and discloses a new aspect ...

The Plight of Emulation: Ernest Meissonier and French Salon Painting 1996, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691043746

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