A Culture of Trees: The Politics of Pruning and Felling in Late Eighteenth-Century France

@article{Pacini2007ACO,
  title={A Culture of Trees: The Politics of Pruning and Felling in Late Eighteenth-Century France},
  author={G. Pacini},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={41},
  pages={1 - 15}
}
  • G. Pacini
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
Before the French revolutionaries adopted the tree as a symbol of freedom, artists used arboreal images to discuss issues of royal policy and reform. Hubert Robert, Peyraud de Beaussol, Jacques Delille, Michel-Paul de Chabanon, and Adélaïde de Souza drew scenes of felling and pruning to comment upon the solidity of a cultural and political system—the ancien régime—that seemed to be vacillating at their feet. Their work was inspired by the monarchy's involvement in the management of forests, by… Expand
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