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The Art of Theatre

Word, Image and Performance in France and Belgium, c. 1830–1910


Edited By Claire Moran

This collection of essays explores the relationship between art, literature and the stage in France and Belgium in the period 1830-1910. It is the first book to bring together scholarship on this neglected area of study and provides unique insights into current research within this rich interdisciplinary field. The rise in popular theatre, the beginnings of a ‘society of spectacle’, the emergence of the print media and the development of stage direction and set design, along with the crisis in pictorial and literary representation, created a dynamic cultural climate wherein the interface between writing, painting and dramatic representation thrived. The chapters in this volume chart different facets of this phenomenon: from the art of performing assumed by writers and the collaborations between artists and theatre directors to the theatrical motifs that infiltrated visual art and the increasingly ‘dramatized’ relationship between painting and spectator at the end of the century.


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Acknowledgements ix List of Illustrations xi Claire Moran Introduction 1 Part I Cultures of Performance in the Nineteenth Century 13 Laurence Senelick The Of fenbach Century 15 Karen Humphreys Barbey d’Aurevilly and Mlle Duverger: Spectacle and Performance in the Théâtre de la Gaîté and Le Gaulois 43 Séverine Reyrolle L’art marionnettique: laboratoire de la modernité dramaturgique 59 Arnaud Rykner Le tableau vivant et la scène du corps: vision, pulsion, dispositif 71 vi Part II Exchanges and Collaborations: Dramatists, Painters and the Stage 91 Sandra Bornemann Interior and Stage: Intimisme in the Work of Édouard Vuillard 93 Jill Fell Paul Ranson, Alfred Jarry and the Nabi Puppet Theatres 113 Camille Racine Un peintre au théâtre: les décors de George Desvallières pour le Théâtre des Arts, 1911–1913 135 Katherine Hoffman The Enchanted Early World of the Ballets Russes: Exploring Visual Arts and Theatrical Collaborations 151 Aude Campmas Exposition et reconnaissance de la femme-f leur dans La Curée: variations sur les tableaux vivants, mise en scène de la stérilité 165 Dominique Jeannerod Portraits de l’insaisissable: l’art et la représentation d’Arsène Lupin sur scène 183 Part III Aesthetics: Towards an Art of Theatre 195 Olivia Voisin ‘Spectacle dans un fauteuil’: naissance d’un genre iconographique, 1825–1840 197 vii Claire Moran A Play within a Play: Manet’s Self-Portraits and the Art of Performance 215 Karen Stock Degas and Zola: Piercing the Veil 241 Xavier Fontaine The Bibliophile’s Book as Theatrical...

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