Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre

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Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 380


May 1st, 2000



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This volume reinterprets the work of the dramatist Michel-Jean Sedaine and the artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze, in the context of their innovative engagement with discourses of genre in eighteenth-century France, and in the light of new archival evidence. It reveals the complexity and audacity of both men's work, and restablishes the less well-known as a figure of major importance.

'Ledbury’s book makes delightful reading for anyone interested in eighteenth-century France. It holds some fascinating surprises, for example the relative conservatism of Diderot in his conceptions of genre, and the influence of both Sedaine and Greuze on that most classical of all artists, the painter Jacques-Louis David.'
The French Review

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
List of illustrations8
Introduction: Sedaine and Greuze revisited14
1. Hierarchy or opposition? Understanding genre in eighteenth-century France28
2. The Salon and the Opéra-Comique58
3. Savetier and philosophe: Sedaine's career from 1756 to 1765106
4. Le Fils ingrat? Greuze's career from 1755 to 1763153
5. Reproaching Greuze: Septime Sévère189
6. Maillard, or Sedaine thwarted216
7. From opéra-comique to melodrama: Sedaine and Greuze in the 1770s267
8. 'Vous y trouverez une famille': Sedaine and David307
Conclusion: 'Murailles que séparez les genres'356
Appendix I: 'Notice sur la vie de Sedaine'362
Appendix Il: Hinkelmann ou Les Journalistes371
Bibliography of works consulted374