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Scott's Historical Novels and French Historical Painting 1815-1855

Beth Segal Wright
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Jun., 1981), pp. 268-287
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3050117
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3050117
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

During the first half of the nineteenth century, French artists endeavored to create a new pictorial genre that would combine the intellectual importance of peinture d'histoire with the emotional accessibility of peinture de genre. Scott's style and subjects, as well as his prestige and popularity in France, encouraged French artists to depict themes from his novels, and his new literary genre provided an effective medium through which contemporary pictorial issues could be explored. These issues included the breakdown of genre hierarchies, the changing conditions of exhibition and acquisition of art works, the competitive pressure of graphic media, and a general revaluation of the relationship between art and literature.

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