All the arts--painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, interior design, graphic design, photography, film, fashion, the theater, and opera--have played a role in creating the enduring spirit of Paris. From a primitive village huddled on an island in the middle of the Seine, Paris rose to glory as a medieval and Renaissance center for art, as the cradle of the Enlightenment, and as the crucible of modern art and architecture. It remains a world center of innovation in art, architecture, and design, and one of the most thoroughly pleasurable of all modern cities.
Assembled under the editorial direction of Michel Laclotte, former director of the Musée du Louvre, and with the participation of outstanding scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, The Art and Spirit of Paris spans more than 6,000 years of cultural history. In two volumes, comprising nine insightful and wide-ranging chapters, and with approximately 1,500 illustrations, the authors chronicle the history of the visual arts in Paris, tracing their evolution and that of the social systems that supported them.
A lavish selection of photographs, most reproduced in color, complements the lively, informative texts with a revealing mixture of much-loved masterpieces and little-known discoveries. Completing these luxurious volumes are nine photographic portfolios, featuring classic black-and-white pictures, reproduced in duotone, by such masters as Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and André Kertesz, which capture the spirit of Paris in visual essays on such subjects as the Seine, Paris by night, shops and cafés, and the city's streets and boulevards.
This two-volume hardcover slipcased set measures 11 inches by 13 inches. Published November 1, 2003.
Brand: Abbeville Press
Origin: United States
Since 1977, Abbeville Press has published lavishly illustrated books about architecture, fashion, travel, and pop culture. The award-winning brand brings its trademark design and editorial excellence to Abbeville Family: its division of children's books, parenting guides, and family-oriented titles (including a stunning cloth-bound collection on Norman Rockwell).