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The Independent Critic

Philippe Burty and the Visual Arts of Mid-Nineteenth Century France

Gabriel Weisberg

Contents: The book establishes and traces Philippe Burty's (1830-1890) fervent support in new areas of the visual arts in mid-century France. These include the Etching revival, the sponsorship of the decorative arts, changes in exhibition systems, the recognition of all things Japanese under the name coined by Burty: Japonisme and Burty's enlightened advocacy of the young Impressionist painters. He was also a singular collector of etchings and Japanese art (of all types), aspects that are discussed as well.