48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 21, Autumn 2005

48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay (1995-2011)
Collectif, Serge Lemoine, direction
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux - 2005
soft cover
€ 11 - available

Etudes (Analysis)

Seurat and the Third Republic: Opponent, Caricaturist or Supporter?
by Richard Thomson, the Waston Gordon Professor of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh
What would be today's political and social interpretation of Seurat's great, modern-theme paintings of the 1880s? How significant is his use of the codes of caricature? At a time when the Republic was strengthening its position, this ironic artist seemed both to support its values and to smile at its effects.

The Spelling Lesson "Try to Remember" by Martineau
by Christopher Newall
Although a familiar painting, at the time of its entry into the Musée d'Orsay collections, the author of this engaging work had yet to be identified; the quest to put a name to the painting had been challenging specialists for many years. Then, in March 2005, during an international symposium on Symbolism held in Mexico city's Museo Nacional de Arte, Geneviève Lacambre suggested that the work be examined by the British Pre-Raphaelite specialist, Christopher Newall. Newall conducted a systematic analysis and revealed all…
This typical example of Pre-Raphaelite painting, characteristic of the movement's primitive simplicity and moral stance, has at last been attributed to its rightful author and as belonging to Millais' sphere of influence.

The Emergence of an Aesthetic Paradigm: Champfleury and Minor Arts
by Bernard Vouilloux, professor of French language and literature, Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III
It could have been an unremarkable episode in the literary life of the Second Empire, but Champfleury's visit to the Goncourts, in December 1860, was significant in marking their shared interest for popular expression in Art. Moving on from this convergence, the present study looks at all that which separated Courbet's friend from the followers of Japanism.

Russian Museums and Traditional Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
by Elena Madlevsaya, doctor of historical sciences, Chief Curator of the Department for the Ethnography of the Russian People at the Russian Ethnographical Museum.
During the 19th century, industrial and urban Europe saw a rising interest in the collection of folk artefacts which in turn led to the foundation of ethnological museums. In Russia, this two-pronged movement had developed substantially even before Alexander II abolished serfdom in 1861.

Actualités (News)


  • Paul Sérusier, Portrait of Paul Ranson Dressed as a Nabi, by Claire Frèches-Thory
  • Paul Van Ryssel, Cholera Scene. Memories of the 1854 epidemic in the Jura + a series of letters
    by Anne Distel
  • Jules-Alexis Muenier, Portrait of the Artist's Mother in Law by Dominique Lobstein
  • Puvis de Chavannes, Book by Marius Vachon, by Dominique Lobstein
  • Henry Provensal, The House of Solness the Builder, by Caroline Mathieu
  • Jean Escoula, Pain, by Anne Pingeot
  • Monduit medals, by Emmanuelle Héran
  • Ferdinand Barbedienne and Constant Sevin, Fox-head Rhyton, by Olivier Gabet
  • Abramtsevo studio, Bread cupboard, by Philippe Thiébaut
  • Tiffany and Co, Vase, by Olivier Gabet
  • Victor Horta, Two chairs: a sitting-room chair designed for the Tassel family home, and a dining room chair designed for the Hôtel Solvay, by Philippe Thiébaut
  • Mackay Hugh Baillie-Scott, Two seats in solid blackened pear wood with mother of pearl inlay, by Philippe Thiébaut
  • Emile Gallé, "Lorraine Forest" Desk, by Philippe Thiébaut
  • Juan Laurent, 88 photographs taken in Spain, by Dominique de Font-Réaulx
  • Series of Baschet-Charrin's studio, by Dominique de Font-Réaulx
  • Richebourg, Two daguerreotypes of architectural drawings by Durand, by Dominique de Font-Réaulx
  • Adolphe Humbert de Molard, Portrait of Louis Dodier, hand on cheek, Front-view portrait of Louis Dodier, with tools/span> and Representation of a "château" in Ile de France, by Dominique de Font-Réaulx
  • Roger Fenton, The Ordnance Wharf, Balaklava, 1855, The Valley of The Shadow of Death, 1855, Landing Place, Railway Stores, Balaklava, 1855, Cottages at Balaklava, 1855, Head of Harbour, Balaklava, 1855 and Rivaulx Abbey, looking West, 1854 (acquisition with no charge), by Françoise Heilbrun


  • A Quest for Identity: Russian Art in the Second Half of the 19th Century
  • Cézanne and Pissarro, 1865-1885
  • Saint-Gobain (1665-1937): An Enterprise in the Face of History
  • Graphic Arts Gallery: Churches: East or West?
  • Photography Gallery: Figures and Portraits
  • Objects and their Doubles
  • Correspondences Musée d'Orsay/Contemporary Art :
    Dimitrijevic/Van Gogh
  • Klimt, Schiele, Moser, Kokoschka, Vienna 1900
  • Renoir/Renoir
  • The Douanier Rousseau, Jungles in Paris

Critical bibliography

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