Modernization and Rural Imagery at the Paris Salon: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Economic History of Art

37 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2019

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This article proposes a novel interdisciplinary approach to the economic history of art. Engaging with research questions defined by the existing art‐historical literature, it draws on econometric approaches to understand better and measure how social and economic change affected artistic output—particularly output of rural imagery—in nineteenth‐century France. To facilitate this quantitative approach, the article introduces a novel data source that provides information about more than 140,000 works of art displayed in Paris during the nineteenth century. Analysis of this dataset demonstrates that artists’ ability to have regular access to the countryside, largely because of artists’ colonies and inexpensive train travel from Paris, had the greatest demonstrable effect on the output of landscape and rural genre painting in France during the nineteenth century.

Suggested Citation

Greenwald, Diana Seave, Modernization and Rural Imagery at the Paris Salon: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Economic History of Art (May 2019). The Economic History Review, Vol. 72, Issue 2, pp. 531-567, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3367111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12695

Diana Seave Greenwald (Contact Author)

National Gallery of Art ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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