Alexandre Gabriel Decamps
By David B. Cass and Michael M. Floss
Throughout his collecting career, Clark Art Institute founder Robert Sterling Clark showed a consistent interest in the art of Alexandre Gabriel Decamps, the long neglected master from the Romantic period of French painting. Praised for the rich variety of his imagery, the virtuosity of his technique, and the complex evolution of his approach to picture making, Decamps is known for his hunting, oriental, and animal scenes as well as his biblical and historical subjects.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Alexandre Gabriel Decamps, 1803-1860, this catalogue explores Decamps’s fame during the first half of the nineteenth century and the slowing enthusiasm for his work even before his death in 1860. The authors explore why Decamps’s reputation failed while some of his contemporaries, notably Delacroix and Ingres, were increasingly treated as symbols of Romantic styles and issues.
68 pages, 8 x 10 inches
50 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN 0-931102-11-1 (softcover)
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