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Rebels and Martyrs: The Image of the Artist in the Nineteenth Century

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The mythical artist, heroic and rebellious, isolated and suffering, is the creation of late-18th-century Romanticism. Throughout the 19th century this powerful myth influenced the way people thought and wrote about artists and, more importantly, the way artists thought about––and depicted––themselves.
Covering the period from the French Revolution to World War I, from Roman
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 18th 2006 by Yale University Press
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The idea of the mask, of disguise or assumed identity, runs like a leitmotiv through the art of the nineteenth century; this was the period in which the myth of the artist or inspired rebel, battling against a hostile, philistine society, took hold of the popular imagination.

It's taken me a long time to read this short book, which accompanied a National Gallery exhibition in 2006, subtitled 'the image of the artist in the nineteenth century'. I've been overwhelmed by some of it: so many shi
Exhibition at London's National Gallery, 2006. I found it utterly fascinating.
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