The Visual Culture of Fashion and the Classical Ideal in Post-Revolutionary France

  title={The Visual Culture of Fashion and the Classical Ideal in Post-Revolutionary France},
  author={Susan L. Siegfried},
  journal={The Art Bulletin},
  pages={77 - 99}
In her little-known painting A Study of a Woman after Nature (1802), Marie-Denise Villers exploited a conjuncture between masculine-inflected ideals of Neoclassical art and feminine-inflected ideas of fashionability in the post-Revolutionary period in France by making a feature of female dress while emulating the standards of history painting. The artist's confident synthesis of idioms is examined in the context of Albertine Clément-Hémery's memoir of a women's art studio. Walter Benjamin's… 
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