1st Edition

Art and Monist Philosophy in Nineteenth Century France From Auteuil to Giverny

By Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer Copyright 2024
    190 Pages 20 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 20 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is a study of the relation between the fine arts and philosophy in France, from the aftermath of the 1789 revolution to the end of the nineteenth century, when a philosophy of being called “monism” – the concept of a unity of matter and spirit – emerged and became increasingly popular among intellectuals, artists and scientists.

    Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer traces the evolution and impact of this monist thought and its various permutations as a transformative force on certain aspects of French art and culture – from Romanticism to Impressionism – and as a theoretical backdrop that paved the way to as yet unexplored aspects of a modernist aesthetic. Chapters concentrate on three major artists, Théodore Géricault (1791–1824), Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) and Claude Monet (1840–1926), and their particular approach to and interpretation of this unitarian concept.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, philosophy and cultural history.


    Introduction. The Return of Lucretius 

    1. The Auteuil Salon and Ideology 

    2. Théodore Géricault. Soul and Body 

    3. Self and Nature. Delacroix and the Aesthetics of Unity 

    4. A Cosmic Vision. Monet's Giverny Circle 




    Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer is Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Delaware, USA.