This book presents a study of Theophile Gautier's art journalism written during the Second Republic and provides a reassessment of Gautier's importance in French nineteenth-century visual culture. It charts his response to the major art events and debates on Salons.
Introduction: Gautier Then and Now 1. Orator to the Artists: Gautier and Pradier in 1848 2. The 'Detestable' Salon of 1848 3. Competitions, Commissions, and the Return of Ingres 4. The Salon of 1849: 'La premiere exposition de la Republique' 5. N'oubliez pas le guide': The 'Etudes sur les musees' of 1849–1850 6. Breaking Ranks at the Salon of 1850–1851 7. Conclusion: Beyond Description