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Author LinkMathews, Patricia Townley,1946-
Title LinkPassionate discontent : creativity, gender, and French symbolist art / Patricia Mathews.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Description xii, 313 p. :  ill. (some col.) ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-296) and index.
Contents Contents: The symbolist aesthetic -- The symbolist aesthetic in context: commentary and critique -- The ecstasy and the agony: creative genius and madness -- The gender of creativity: women, pathology, and Camille Claudel -- Gendered bodies I: sexuality, spirituality, and fear of women -- Symbolist women artists: practice and reception -- Gendered bodies II: Paul Gauguin -- Gendered bodies III: Suzanne Valadan.
Summary "Passionate Discontent is a study that explores the relationship between gender and genius in late nineteenth-century French Symbolism." "Art historian Patricia Mathews examines the artistic, social, and scientific discourses of fin-de-siecle France. Along the way, she illuminates the Symbolist construction of a feminized aesthetic that nonetheless excluded female artists from its realm. She analyzes contemporary cultural assumptions as well as theories such as social Darwinism, biological determinism, and degeneracy."--BOOK JACKET.
Per.Sub. LinkClaudel, Camille, 1864-1943.
LinkGauguin, Paul, 1848-1903.
LinkValadon, Suzanne, 1865-1938.
Subject LinkSymbolism (Art movement) -- France.
LinkGender identity in art.
LinkArt, French -- 19th century.
LinkArt, French.
LinkWomen artists -- France.

System Number 000664221
ISBN Link0226510182 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link9780226510187 (cloth : alk. paper)

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