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Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art

Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art

ISBN 9780300112856
Edition 1
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Publisher Yale University Press
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Overview
Images of children and families abound in the works of the French Impressionists, from Claude Monets portraits of his young sons to Mary Cassatts endearing images of mother and child. In Impressionist Children, Greg M. Thomas offers new perspectives on some of the most famous paintings in art history, explaining how they reflect the dominant social, cultural, and political aspects of Parisian middle-class life in the late 1800s.Drawing onletters, childrens books, tourist guidebooks, and 19th-century texts on child development, parenting, and education, Thomas skillfully demonstrates how childhood became a crucial theme for its embodiment of adult ideas about childhood, the family, sexuality, work and leisure, national culture, and, above all, the formation and reproduction of bourgeois identity. He discusses paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Impressionist artists and investigates the influence of popular visual culturefashion, toys, studio photography, and illustrations in books, magazines, and park guideson the Impressionists conceptualizationof childhood and family relations.
Overview
Images of children and families abound in the works of the French Impressionists, from Claude Monets portraits of his young sons to Mary Cassatts endearing images of mother and child. In Impressionist Children, Greg M. Thomas offers new perspectives on some of the most famous paintings in art history, explaining how they reflect the dominant social, cultural, and political aspects of Parisian middle-class life in the late 1800s.Drawing onletters, childrens books, tourist guidebooks, and 19th-century texts on child development, parenting, and education, Thomas skillfully demonstrates how childhood became a crucial theme for its embodiment of adult ideas about childhood, the family, sexuality, work and leisure, national culture, and, above all, the formation and reproduction of bourgeois identity. He discusses paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Impressionist artists and investigates the influence of popular visual culturefashion, toys, studio photography, and illustrations in books, magazines, and park guideson the Impressionists conceptualizationof childhood and family relations.
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