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Title :

Difference and competition : the imitation and reproduction of fine art in a nineteenth-century illustrated weekly news magazine

Author :
GRETTON, Tom ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
General interest weekly illustrated periodicals dominated the production of informational imagery in the developed world in the second half of the 19th c. Until the middle of the 1890s they could not reliably produce printing surfaces directly from photographs, so their domination was achieved through the 'industrialisation' of hand-made pictures. In the circumstances, a crossover between the ambitions and values articulated in the field of high art and those deployed in such periodicals was inevitable, and the resultant strains on established hierarchies were considerable. The article discusses hierarchy and difference in visual culture with a focus on one issue of Le Monde illustré from 1880. It uses this issue as an example of the ways in which, particularly in the years from 1860 to 1890, such publications exploited the cultural prestige and power of the visual arts for their own ends, and marked both their difference from and their convergence with the world of fine art, its values, subject matters, and signifying techniques. The paper concludes by suggesting that we must interpret key evolutions in easel painting in this period as strategies and tactics for coping with the competitive challenge posed by magazine illustration. ;
Pagination/Size :
12 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Art ; Compétition (psychologie) ; Culture visuelle ; France ; Hiérarchie ; Illustration ; Le Monde illustré (Paris, 1857-1945) ; Peinture ; Reproduction ; Revue ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Competition (psychology) ; France ; Hierarchies ; Illustration ; Le Monde illustré (Paris, 1857-1945) ; Painting ; Periodicals ; Reproductions ; Visual culture ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Oxford art journal, 2000, 23, 2
INIST identifier :
24953997 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0142-6540 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Setsquare, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;