Henri Bertin and the Representation of China in Eighteenth-Century France: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Henri Bertin and the Representation of China in Eighteenth-Century France

1st Edition

By John Finlay


224 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 29 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138204737
pub: 2020-07-09
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This is an in-depth study of the intellectual, technical, and artistic encounters between Europe and China in the late eighteenth century, focusing on the purposeful acquisition of information and images that characterized a direct engagement with the idea of "China."

The central figure in this story is Henri-Léonard Bertin (1720-1792), who served as a minister of state under Louis XV and, briefly, Louis XVI. Both his official position and personal passion for all things Chinese placed him at the center of intersecting networks of like-minded individuals who shared his ideal vision of China as a nation from which France had much to learn. John Finlay examines a fascinating episode in the rich history of cross-cultural exchange between China and Europe in the early-modern period, and this book will be an important and timely contribution to a very current discussion about Sino-French cultural relations.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, visual culture, and European history.

Table of Contents


1. Ko And Yang And The Mission Française De Pékin

2. The Landscape Of Fact And Fantasy

3. Constructing An Authentic China

4. The Confucian Scholar Of Enlightenment France


About the Author

John Finlay is an associate scholar with the Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / Asian
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century