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Image of the People: Gustav Courbet and the Second French Republic, 1848-1851

Image of the People: Gustav Courbet and the Second French Republic, 1848-1851, T. J. Clark. Greenwich, Connecticut: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1973, 208 pages, seven colorplates, 43 black-and-white illustrations, bibliography, hardbound.

It is T. J. Clark’s intention, in Image of the People, to write a genuine social history of art. He rejects a prevailing tendency of art-historical monographs, in which, typically, an introductory chapter lays in the historical background with a broad brush, against which the author proceeds to delineate particular works as demonstrations of an artist’s allegedly self-determined iconographical and stylistic evolution. In this method, the works are vaguely illuminated against the historical backdrop, but the author generally underlines the manner in which an artist surmounts his setting, rather as if the artist is the rider and the social and intellectual

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