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Author Raser, Timothy

Title Baudelaire and Photography : Finding the Painter of Modern Life
Published Leeds : Taylor and Francis, 2015


Description 1 online resource (132 pages)
Series Research Monographs in French Studies ; 45
Research monographs in French studies ; 45
Research monographs in French studies ; 45. 1466-8157
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations; Prologue: Baudelaire before Neyt; 1 Introduction; 2 Catlin and Baudelaire: Another World; 3 The Concept of Imagination in Baudelaire's Salon de 1859; 4 The Appeal of Absence: Meryon and Hugo; 5 The Status of Modernity in Baudelaire's Art Criticism; 6 Modernity as the Way Out of Baudelaire's Impasse; 7 Imagination, Photography, and Mirror-Images; 8 The Blindness of Reference; 9 Baudelaire's Photographic Legacy; Epilogue: A Photo of His Mother; Appendices
1 Texts by Baudelaire2 Critical Moments in the History of Photography; Bibliography; Index
Summary While Baudelaire's 'Le Peintre de la vie moderne' is often cited as the first expression of our theory of modernism, his choice of Constantin Guys as that painter has caused consternation from the moment of the essay's publication in 1863. Worse still, in his 'Salon de 1859', Baudelaire had also chosen to condemn photography in terms that echo to this day. Why did the excellent critic choose a mere reporter and illustrator as the painter of modern life? How could he have overlooked photography as the painting of modern life? In this study of modernity and photography in Baudelaire's writing, Timothy Raser, who has written on the art criticism of Baudelaire, Proust, Claudel and Sartre, shows how these two aberrations of critical judgment are related, and how they underlie current discussions of both photography and modernism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867 -- Criticism and interpretation
Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867
Photographic criticism.
Art criticism -- History
Photography, Artistic -- History
Art criticism
Photographic criticism
Photography, Artistic
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781351574396