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last updated: 9/12/2010

19th-Century French Art and Culture

This pathfinder was created by Elizabeth Albert, a student of SLIS, in Fall 2009.

Last updated September 2010.


IUCAT Books:


Agulhon, Maurice. 1981. Marianne into battle: republican imagery and symbolism in France, 1789-1880. Cambridge [Eng.]: Cambridge University Press.


Allard, Sébastien, Henri Loyrette, Laurence Des Cars, and David Radzinowicz. 2007. Nineteenth century French art: from Romanticism to Impressionism, post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau. Paris: Flammarion.


Clement, Russell T., Annick Houzé, and Christiane Erbolato-Ramsey. 2000. The women impressionists: a sourcebook. Art reference collection, no. 24. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.


Driskel, Michael Paul. 1992. Representing belief: religion, art, and society in nineteenth-century France. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press.


Flint, Richard Charles. 1980. Fin de siècle: the concept of decadence in French and English art during the late-nineteenth century. Ann Arbor, Mich: University Microfilms International.


Garb, Tamar. 1998. Bodies of modernity: figure and flesh in fin-de-siècle France. New York: Thames and Hudson.


Garb, Tamar. 2008. The body in time: figures of femininity in late nineteenth-century France. The University of Kansas Franklin D. Murphy lecture series. Lawrence, Kan: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle.


Herbert, Robert L. 2002. From Millet to Léger: essays in social art history. New Haven: Yale University Press.


Mathews, Patricia Townley. 1999. Passionate discontent: creativity, gender, and French symbolist art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


McQueen Alison. 2003. The rise of the cult of Rembrandt: reinventing an old master in nineteenth-century France. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


Miquel, Pierre. 1985. Paysage et société: 1800-1900, l'école de la nature. Maurs-la-Jolie: Editions de la Martinelle.


Nord, Philip G. 2000. Impressionists and politics: art and democracy in the nineteenth century. Historical connections. London: Routledge.


Padiyar, Satish. 2007. Chains: David, Canova, and the fall of the public hero in postrevolutionary France. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press.


Tanita, Hiroyuki, and Phylis Floyd. 1989. Hanga ni miru: japonizumu ten = Seeking the floating world : the Japanese spirit in turn-of-the-century French art. [S.l.]: TG Concepts.


Thomson, Richard. 2004. The troubled republic: visual culture and social debate in France, 1889-1900. New Haven: Yale University Press.


Tuffelli, Nicole. 2004. 19th century French art, 1848-1905. Chambers arts library. Edinburgh: Chambers.


White, Barbara Ehrlich. 1996. Impressionists side by side: their friendships, rivalries, and artistic exchanges. New York: A.A. Knopf.


Library of Congress Subject Headings:


To access the subject headings below, go to IUCAT, click 'Begins With (Browse)' in the right-hand sidebar, and type in the subject heading in the 'Browse on' field. Then click 'subject' to see the results. For more information about browsing, check out the Help section.


Art, French--19th century

Art and society--France

Art criticism--France

Art--Political aspects--France

Painting, French--19th century 


General Websites:


Intute French Studies: Art/Architecture History:

Intute includes annotated links in alphabetical order, and a way to limit or broaden results. The link above is set specifically for French 19th century art and architecture, and has links to information about Paul Cézanne, Eugène Atget, Gargoyles and the 19th century imagination, and an analysis of 19th century art and iconography.



(In French) The museofile is a database in which you can search for museums by city, museum name, main themes, artist(s), or by an online map of France. The search brings up the locations and names of relevant museums, and with it details of the museum hours, fees, collection information/history, and other artists that can be found at the museum.


Gallica: Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Gallica is a part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France site, and it has not only a collection of images, but also of literature and audio files from the fourth century until the end of the nineteenth. You can search by keyword or advanced search, by browsing lists of themes and authors, or through their chronological timeline. 


French Painting of the 19th Century:

The National Gallery of Art gives a brief summary of nineteenth century French art, explaining how the French Academy dominated up until the middle of the nineteenth century, and then came the impressionists and post-impressionists. What’s most useful are the links at the end of the summary, which include online tours of artists, periods, and themes. 


Periods and Movements:


The Met Museum website has a fantastic array of essays on the periods in French 19th century art. On each page, they include a gallery of images, a summary of the period and/or artists, a list of sources, citations, and related online exhibits, and last but not least, a list of related timelines, thematic essays, maps, and index terms.


Women artists in 19th century France

The aesthetic of the sketch in 19th century France

The Salon and the Royal Academy


The transformation of landscape painting in France

Wisteria dining room, Paris

19th century French Realism



The Industrialization of French Photography after 1860

The Barbizon School: French Painters of Nature 


Journals and Associations:


19th Century Art Wordwide, an e-journal

"Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide is the world's first scholarly, refereed e-journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe." 


19th Century French Studies Association

"The Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association consists of a group of researchers in the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, whose work focuses on a wide variety of aspects of nineteenth-century literature, history, arts, and cultures in France and the French-speaking world."

last updated: 9/12/2010