Hardcover. NY, St. Martin's Press, 2nd pr., 2018, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 388 pages, b&w illustrations. A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940's Paris.Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris at the age of eleven. Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank's millions into hotels and casinos, creating a luxury hotel and casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and many Hollywood stars-like Charlie Chaplin, who became her lover. While the party ended for most Americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence stayed on, fearing retribution by the IRS. During the Occupation, Florence took several German lovers and hosted a controversial Nazi salon. As the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a notorious money laundering operation for Hermann Goring's Aerobank.Yet after the war, not only did she avoid prosecution, but her vast fortune bought her respectability as a significant contributor to the Metropolitan Museum and New York University, among many others. It also earned her friends like Estee Lauder who obligingly looked the other way. A seductive and utterly amoral woman who loved to say "money doesn't care who owns it," Florence's life proved a strong argument that perhaps money can buy happiness after all.
Hardcover. New York, Random House, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 548 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Black and white pictures throughout. Previous owner's bookplate on front end paper. Light soil to dust jacket.
Hardcover. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1st, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, blue cloth, 262 pages. Illustrated with black & white photographs. Clean, tight copy. This portrait of Disderi and the carte de visite he patented in Paris in 1854 is far more than a biography. The c-d-v, or photographic calling card, was a relatively inexpensive product that made the photographic portrait available to the middle class . McCauley's carefully documented work explores Disderi's career and oeuvre , the impact of mass-produced celebrity cartes on the social and cultural life of mid-19th-century France, and aesthetics in c-d-v portraiture. The final third of the book is an art historical evaluation of the importance of the c-d-v for portrait painting of the period . The fine bibliography, generous illustrative matter, and detailed notes add to the value of this work for the avid student of photohistory or 19th-century studies.
Hardcover. New York , Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped jacket. SIGNED BY MCCLINTOCK on title page. When Simon's older sister, Adele, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adele makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?
Hardcover. France, Arthaud, 1st, 1967, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 209 pages. French text. Minor dust jacket edge wear and tear with minor yellowing on inside flaps. Otherwise, a very clean and tight copy.
Hardcover. New Havn CT, Yale University Press, 1st , 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 333 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrated in color, B&W. Clean, tight copy. Few painters lived the intellectual adventures of the early twentieth century as intensely as Albert Gleizes. At the centre of the public scandal over Cubism that broke out in Paris in 1911, he was with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia in New York during the war and was one of the first European avant-garde artists to respond to the scale and vigour of New York life. Gleizes was also one of the few French painters of the 1920s to recognise nonrepresentational painting as the logical development of Cubism. His work as a painter is accompanied by an immense body of theoretical work, addressing the question posed so starkly by Duchamp and Picabia: why should we paint? What is the justification for the work of art? Over his life he touches on many spheres of human activity - religious, political and cultural history, physics and the philosophy of work.This book follows Gleizes' argument as it evolves, drawing on painting, and both published and unpublished writings. It reveals Gleizes, not just as a significant historical personality, but as a man whose work and thinking remains surprisingly fresh and relevant to the needs of our own time.
Softcover. Ithaca NY, Cornell University Press, reprint, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 283 pages. A particularly vicious and bloody civil war has racked Algeria for a decade. Amnesty International notes that since 1992, in a population of 28 million, 80,000 people have been reported killed, and the actual total is almost certainly higher. This terrible war overshadows Algeria's long and complex history and its prominence on the world economic stage-second in size among African nations, Algeria has the longest Mediterranean coastline and contains the world's fifth-largest natural gas reserves. Algeria, 1830-2000 is a comprehensive narrative history of the country. Benjamin Stora, widely recognized as the leading expert on Algeria, presents the story of this turbulent area from the start of formal French colonialism in the early nineteenth century, through the prolonged war for independence in the latter 1950s, to the internal strife of the present day.This book adapts and updates three short volumes published originally in French by La Decouverte. For this English edition, Stora has written a new introductory chapter on Algeria's colonial period (1830-1954) and has revised the final section to bring the volume up to date.
Softcover. Paris, DIANE SELLIERS, 1st, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Softcover, in a pictorial dust wrapper, 395 pages. Color illustrations by Pat Andrea give a whole new surrealistic look to the classic tales. FRENCH TEXT.
Hardcover. Giverney, France, Library of Congress/Musee d'Art Giverny, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 200 pages. Lovely copy. Minor wear to dust jacket, else like new. An exhibition held in Paris a century ago demonstrated the key role American women photographers played in the international pictorialist movement. Each of the 29 artists, including such well-known figures as Gertrude Kaesebier, Amelia van Buren and Zaida Ben-Yusuf, is represented in a selection of approximately 70 breathtaking color plates drawn from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection at the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American History. The photographs include landscapes, portraiture, genre scenes, and still-lifes, all of which are evocatively composed and delicately toned using a variety of photographic techniques.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Library of Congress/Musee d'Art Giverny, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. Hardcover exhibition catalog with a dust jacket. 200 pages, 218 bw plates. An exhibition held in Paris a century ago demonstrated the key role American women photographers played in the international pictorialist movement. The accomplishment of these professional and amateur photographers clearly demonstrated a mastery of the medium and made a strong impression on those in attendance. Ambassadors of Progress explores this largely unknown event. Each of the 29 artists, including such well-known figures as Gertrude Kaesebier, Amelia van Buren and Zaida Ben-Yusuf, is represented in a selection of approximately 70 breathtaking color and b&w plates.
Hardcover. NY, Flammarion, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 80 pages illustrated in b&w. A previously unpublished body of work from the late, great photographer Andre Kertesz, featuring a collection of photographs that capture the ephemeral beauty of Paris in 1963. Andre Kertesz, a master photographer of the twentieth century, was a pioneer in photographic composition and photojournalism who gained critical acclaim for his image distortions. Born in Hungary, he moved from Paris to New York during World War II. In 1963, he returned to Paris and took more than 2,000 black-and-white photographs and nearly 500 slides that capture the city's essence--from Montmartre to the banks of the Seine to its gardens and parks. Kertesz edited these photographs into book form, but the work was set aside and was only recently rediscovered in his archives, twenty-five years after his death. The previously unpublished material is reproduced here as he originally intended and completed with archival documents and a critical essay.
Hardcover. New Haven CONNECTICUT, Yale University Press, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 255 pages, illustrated with 103 color and 262 b&w plates. Still in publisher's shrinkwrap. Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was one of the most talented still-life painters of the French school. Her exquisite paintings, today located in some of the world's finest museums, were admired and collected by many of her contemporaries, including Marie Antoinette, who became the artist's most important patron.
Hardcover. Stanford CA, Stanford University Press, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 328 pages. This study of the specialized military Offices of Arab Affairs in Algeria during the formative decades of French rule from 1830 to 1870 disputes the conventional view that the doctrine of assimilation governed France's colonial policies and practices in the nineteenth century.
Softcover. Paris, Books & Co., 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 169 pages. A volume on French Art Nouveau design, architecture and interior decoration. Features designs by Emile Galle, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Signac and others. Color illustrations throughout.
Hardcover. New York, The Vendome Press, Reprint, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 204 pages. Hardcover. Purple covers with gilt titles to black cloth spine, gilt vase design to cover. Full page, full color and bw illustrations throughout. Dust jacket with light marginal wear to edges. Clean & unmarked pages throughout. Glass from the turn of the 19th - 20th century; the "Belle Epoque" era. Features many glass artists, including Philippe-Joseph Brocard, Auguste Jean, Ernest-Baptiste Leveille, Emile Galle, Les Freres Daum, Henri Cros, Albert Dammouse, Francois Decorchemont, and several others.
Hardcover. Los Angeles, CA, Getty Research Institute, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 416 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Art of the Defeat provides an unflinching look at the art scene in France during the German occupation. Black and white photographs throughout.
Hardcover. Cambridge MA, The MIT Press, 1sr, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright gold foil dust wrapper, 476 pages. The artist Francis Picabia -- notorious dandy, bon vivant, painter, poet, filmmaker, and polemicist -- has emerged as the Dadaist with postmodern appeal, and one of the most enigmatic forces behind the enigma that was Dada. In this first book in English to focus on Picabia's work in Paris during the Dada years, art historian and critic George Baker reimagines Dada through Picabia's eyes. Such reimagining involves a new account of the readymade -- Marcel Duchamp's anti-art invention, which opened fine art to mass culture and the commodity. But in Picabia's hands, Baker argues, the Dada readymade aimed to reinvent art rather than destroy it. Picabia's readymade opened art not just to the commodity, but to the larger world from which the commodity stems: the fluid sea of capital and money that transforms all objects and experiences in its wake. The book thus tells the story of a set of newly transformed artistic practices, claiming them for art history -- and naming them -- for the first time: Dada Drawing, Dada Painting, Dada Photography, Dada Abstraction, Dada Cinema, Dada Montage.Along the way, Baker describes a series of nearly forgotten objects and events, from the almost lunatic range of the Paris Dada "manifestations" to Picabia's polemical writings. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Boston, Houghton Mifflin , 1st, 1931, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 256 pages, illustrated with 4 color plates, many b&w drawings by Margaret Freeman. Blue cloth covers with red design, spine faded. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front cover, otherwise clean, very good internally.
Hardcover. Wilmington, DE, Scholarly Resources Inc., 1st, 1984, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 298 pages. Hardcover. Dust jacket unclipped. Cover boards bound in blue, gilt title on spine and front cover. Dust jacket has a touch of agewear, A little foxing on top edge. Clean inside, binding tight, in great shape.
Hardcover. Paris, Les Belles Lettres , 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 211 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. Color illustrations throughout. FRENCH TEXT.
Hardcover. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1st, 1949, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 374 pages. Hardcover. Dust jacket with short tape repaired tears along edges, fading to spine. Clean, unmarked pages.
Hardcover. New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1st US, 1975, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover, 319 pages. Hardcover. Previous owners bookplate on preliminary pages. 16 pages of black & white illustrations. Foxing to top edge. Dust jacket with chipping along edges.
Hardcover. New York, Pantheon Books, 1st US, 1988, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 127 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Preface by Jean Leymarie. Translated from the French by Sebastian Wormell. Vivid recollections of life at La Cannet and descriptions of the house and garden, accompanied by reproductions of related drawings and paintings. With 130 illustrations, 77 in color. Including 14 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Previous owner's signature to front flyleaf. Light fading to dust jacket top edge and spine. Mild rubbing to dust jacket as well. A tight and clean copy.
Hardcover. New York, Random House, 1st, 1948, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Non-paginated. Hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrated by Frances Tipton Hunter. SIGNED WITH SKETCH BY MUNRO LEAF ON PAGE OPPOSITE OF TITLE PAGE. Previous owner's name on front end paper. Dust jacket has chipping and small tears. Covers have rubbing and chipping of laminate on edges. Tight copy.
Hardcover. Switzerland, A. Guichard, 1st, 1966, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, A very good hardcover copy, 126 pages with decorative burgundy boards and gilding on the spine and covers. Covers, spine head and tail have some light wear. Small scrape on front cover. Tight binding. Clean pages. Though not indicated as such, appears to be a book of 164 facsimile tipped-in plates. Production by Edita S. A. Lausanne. Illustration by Imprimerie Centrale Lausanne S. A. Text by Offset Jean Genoud S. A. Lausanne. Engraving by Photogravure Dupuis & Cie Lausanne. Binding by Maurice Busenhart, Lausanne.
Hardcover. NY, Thames & Hudson, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 312 pages, pictorial boards with black cloth spine. Brassai (1899-1984) was the first and is still the most famous photographer to chronicle Paris after dark. Born in Hungary, he came to the French capital in 1924, working first as a journalist and then embracing photography, but it was the Paris of the 1930s that forms the bedrock of his body of work. Walking the city's streets at night, Brassai captured a previously unseen world on camera. He shows us every face and every facet, from tough guys and showgirls to prostitutes and pleasure-seekers, from the bustling cafes and dance halls to the stillness of deserted streets and mist-shrouded monuments. Through his eyes, Paris becomes a world of shadows, in which light, the prerequisite for any photograph, is reduced to dimly lit windows, streetlamps in the fog, or reflections on a rain-soaked pavement. This book brings together some of the best-known images from Brassai's classic Paris After Dark and The Secret Paris of the 30's, showcasing them alongside previously unpublished photos and archive material. It places his work in its historical and artistic context, analyzing the unique nature of his photographic vision: part reportage, part social document, part poetic exploration. 296 illustrations, 214 in duotone.
NY, Abrams, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 367 pages. Brassai: The Eye of Paris is both the catalog of an exhibition of Brassai's photographs organized by the Houston Fine Arts Museum and a valuable biography of the artist. In 1932, only three years after he purchased his first camera (a Leica), Brassai published a portfolio of 64 photos titled Paris by Night that caused an immediate sensation. His lively eye (seen in an enigmatic photograph at the beginning of the book) captured fresh, unique images of the city and its citizens. Fascinated by the underworld, he moved easily among gangsters and prostitutes in bars and bordellos; he was equally at home among the fashionable and wealthy, and just as devastating in his depiction of them. He used magnesium flares for low-contrast shadows, catching his subjects in natural poses at significant moments. The wide range of Brassai's work is suggested by his formal nudes, which have an affinity with Edward Weston's, and his informal portraits, which remind viewers of Diane Arbus, who admired his work. Brassai was a central figure in the intellectual and artistic circles of Montparnasse that made Paris the most exciting city in the world during the 1930s. In a long essay that includes lively anecdotes of the photographer's relationships with Picasso, Henry Miller, Kertesz, and many other luminaries, the author re-creates the aesthetic and philosophical ferment of the period. Brassai: The Eye of Paris recognizes the artist's talents in five different media--photography, filmmaking, sculpture, writing, and drawing--but focuses on what he is best known for: lyrical and penetrating photographs of the City of Light.
Hardcover. Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 160 pages, like new in dust jacket. This fascinating account of Silvy's life and photography is published to mark the centenary of his death. Combining research into exhibition prints, still lifes, and street scenes, as well as the intimate, beautifully lit and posed cartes-de-visite, the book demonstrates Silvy's extraordinary originality and his life as a man of both art and commerce. Color and b&w illustrations.
Hardcover. New York, Phaidon Press, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 336 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. This visual history of the world's greatest film festival, the Cannes festival, includes a beautiful collection of portraits of the greatest film stars, actors, and directors from around the world. It provides 600 photographs taken by three generations of photographers from the Traverso family.
Hardcover. New York, Beginner Books, 1st, 1965, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 133 pages. Hardcover. Dictionary of French and English for young readers. Full color illustrations by P. D. Eastman. Damp odor. Price clipped dust jacket with closed tears along edges - jacket now protected with clear plastic cover. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 600 pages, illustrated throughout with 504 illustrations, including 242 plates in full color. Heavy oversized book. Light edgewear and faint tanning to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. A definitive survey of the life and work of the Paul Ce+a7zanne follwows the evolution of his art from drawing school in the 1860s to his death in 1906, providing more than six hundred reproductions of drawings, watercolors, paintings, and sketchbook pages that demonstrate his masterful artistic style.
Hardcover. Santa Fe, Arena, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a very good, unclipped dust jacket, 117 pages. 64 duotone photographs. Essays by Pierre Borhan and Diane Johnson, and commentary by Thomas Mellins.
Hardcover. London, George Routledge and Sons, Reprint, 1867, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Two hardcover volumes. Translated by Thomas Johnes. 102 engravings. 3/4 blue leather & patterned paper on boards, Spine with gilt & raised bands. All edges gilt. Previous owner's name stamp on front end paper. Volume 1 - 640 pages. Light wear. Clean, unmarked text. Volume 2 - 552 pages. Light wear. Clean, unmarked pages.
Softcover. NY, Semiotext(e)/MIT, 1st transl., 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 400 pages. Letters by writer, filmmaker, and cultural revolutionary Guy Debord conjure a vivid picture of the dynamic first years of the Situationist International movement. Debord's letters-published here for the first time in English-provide a fascinating insider's view of just how this seemingly disorganized group drifting around a newly consumerized Paris became one of the most defining cultural movements of the twentieth century. Clean copy.
Hardcover. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1st , 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 269 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Transl. from German by John W. Gabriel. Black & white illus. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Paris, France, Guy Delcourt Productions, 1st Edition, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 48 pages. Hardcover. FRENCH TEXT. Color illustrations throughout. Decorated cover boards, glossy, very good. Pages and edges clean and unmarked. Binding tight, spine straight. In excellent condition. Coutoo is dead. But Coutoo lives again. Coutoo, the mad killer with the terrifying face, once again haunts the streets of New York. Like his father before him, Inspector Krafft goes up the bloody trail taken up by this monstrous psychopath.
Hardcover. New York, Hyperion Press, 1st, 1938, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover. Translated from French by Eveline Byam Shaw. Many b&w gravure plates, tipped-in color plates, 168 pgs. previous owner's inscription front fly leaf.
Hardcover. New York, George Braziller, 1st, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 191 pages, 65 color plates. The only complete study of the artist's pastels. Like new in a bright dust jacket.
Hardcover. France, Editions du ChIne, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 167 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. Black & white and color photographs throughout.
Hardcover. Paris FR, Seuil, 1st, 2003, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover. Illustrated throughout in b&w. Light wear and soil to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. FRENCH TEXT. B&W photographs and text by Raymond Depardon, from a film he made on the subject of a novel by Diego Brosset. Set in the Sahara, where the lives of the desert hunters hang by fine threads.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st US, 1992, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. pages. A portrait of one of key figures of the French Enlightenment provides a incisive study of Diderot's private life, public career, and his literary and philosophical works. Clean copy.
Softcover. Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 6th pr., Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 613 pages, b&w illustrations. In the course of everyday life people constantly choose between what they find aesthetically pleasing and what they consider tacky, merely trendy, or ugly. Bourdieu bases his study on surveys that took into account the multitude of social factors that play a part in a French person's choice of clothing, furniture, leisure activities, dinner menus for guests, and many other matters of taste. What emerges from his analysis is that social snobbery is everywhere in the bourgeois world. The different aesthetic choices people make are all distinctions-that is, choices made in opposition to those made by other classes. Taste is not pure. Bourdieu finds a world of social meaning in the decision to order bouillabaisse, in our contemporary cult of thinness, in the "California sports" such as jogging and cross-country skiing. The social world, he argues, functions simultaneously as a system of power relations and as a symbolic system in which minute distinctions of taste become the basis for social judgment. Clean copy.
Hardcover. New York, Flammarion, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 560 b&w photographs of Doisneau's beloved Paris, many published for the first time, accompanied by anecdotes from Doisneau's personal notebooks. Sections include Paris by Surprise: Parks and Gardens, Pedestrian Ballet, Urban Flirtation, Bistros; Paris for Parisians: Les Halles, Everyday Parisians, A Home for Tenants, A few Tenants More, Paris-by-the-Seine; Paris at Play: Fairs, Cabarets and Nightclubs; Society, Fashion; and Paris in Concrete. As the photographer said, "There are days when the technique of an aimless stroll - without timetable or destination - works like a charm, flushing out pictures from the non-stop urban spectacle."
Hardcover. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1st, March 1, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 245 pages, illustrated throughout. Clean, bright pages and tight binding. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) was a towering figure in late nineteenth-century France. The country's greatest public painter, he created murals that decorated museums in Amiens, Rouen, and Lyons as well as major buildings in Paris-most notably the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, and the city hall. Critics from the political right, left, and center, the avant-garde, the Academy, and the state all agreed on the importance of Puvis's murals. Avant-garde artists greatly admired and drew from his work. There was much controversy, however, over the meaning of these murals. This handsomely illustrated book is the first full-length examination of Puvis's murals and their critical reception during the artist's lifetime. Jennifer L. Shaw explains that Puvis's paintings were imagined to embody a vision of France. Although his regional images, allegories of the French heritage, and evocations of the nation as an embracing motherland were all part of a grand tradition of public art, Puvis's painting style was more closely aligned with the avant-garde. Rather than providing a specific narrative or allegory of France, Puvis's murals provoked viewers to experience their own fantasies of Frenchness; rather than using the close brushwork favored by most of his contemporaries, Puvis used large flat areas of color to render his subjects. Shaw persuasively argues that Puvis was the only painter of the period to unite the traditions of public art and modernist form. Her original analysis of Puvis's art underlines his importance to the history of modernism; her examination of the public response to his art illuminates debates about art, subjectivity, and national identity in fin de siecle France.