Zola's Painters

Robert Lethbridge

Research Monographs in French Studies 68

Legenda

  2022

ISBN: 978-1-839540-79-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-839540-80-6 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-839540-81-3 (JSTOR ebook)

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As the author of the twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart series, Émile Zola has a secure reputation as one of the greatest novelists of the nineteenth century: and he is also widely acknowledged as a significant observer of the Paris art world. His early championing of Manet finds a place in every history of art criticism. But Zola's relationship with Manet, as with a number of other major artists of his time, was more complicated than simple approval of the new and daring, and his engagement with art was more than simply a reflection of the modernist, realist spirit of his fiction. Zola was in fact prolific as a newspaper art correspondent, with a corpus of around 150 known articles. Much of this kaleidoscopic writing remains little-studied, and has only now been made fully available to scholars through a greatly expanded edition of Zola's art criticisn (Classiques Garnier, 2021).

As the editor of that newly unearthed material, Robert Lethbridge is uniquely placed to undertake a radical reevaluation of Zola's writing on art. This landmark study contextualizes Zola's assessment of the Impressionists, for example, in the light of his admiration for the Old Masters, and not simply as an aspect of his own modernity as a novelist. A portrait emerges of a writer deeply engaged with the visual, and who counted France's major living painters as his fellow artists.

Robert Lethbridge is a Life Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of French Language and Literature in the University of London.

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Lethbridge, Robert, Zola's Painters, Research Monographs in French Studies, 68 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Robert Lethbridge, Zola's Painters, Research Monographs in French Studies, 68 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Lethbridge, p. 47.

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Lethbridge, Robert. 2022. Zola's Painters, Research Monographs in French Studies, 68 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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