Alexandre Cabanel

The Tradition of Beauty

Edited by Andreas Blühm

Alexandre Cabanel

Edited by Andreas Blühm

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

128 pages | 120 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 | © 2011
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9783777436913 Published July 2011 For sale in North America and Japan only

French painter Alexandre Cabanel is famous for his entrancingly beautiful The Birth of Venus. Since its purchase by Napoleon III in 1863, it remains among the foremost attractions at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay. Yet as familiar as The Birth of Venus has become—gracing countless posters, art prints, and collectibles—it is but one of the many stunning images Cabanel created in the course of his remarkable career.
Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne and the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, Alexandre Cabanel: The Tradition of Beauty is the first retrospective to deal comprehensively with the breadth of Cabanel’s oeuvre. As a successor to the classical tradition embodied by the likes of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, Cabanel was a frequent participant at the Paris Salons and forged a highly successful career with his skilled portraiture as well as his many historical and mythological paintings, many of which feature the artist’s trademark abundance of pale, naked flesh.
A remarkable retrospective of one of the leading French painters of the nineteenth century, this beautifully printed volume—designed by renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix—presents sixty stunning works from Cabanel’s brilliant career.


      Andreas Blühm
      Michel Hilaire
Cabanel, Reconsidered
      Michel Hilaire

Sylvain Amic
The Years in Rome
Cabanel and the Salon
The Birth of Venus
The Painter of the Second Empire
Cabanel and the Portrait
Paradise Lost
Cabanel – Drama and Literature

List of Exhibited Works

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