Karen Junod

in ‘Writing the Lives of Painters’

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199597000
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725357 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs


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The conclusion shows that by the early nineteenth century, painters were no longer demoted to the lower echelons of the social and cultural ladder, but were finally granted centre stage in the landscape of the creative arts. Simultaneously, the genre of the artist's life was to develop dramatically in the course of the nineteenth century, and would reach unprecedented popularity. In order to show some of the changes that took place in art-biographical writing between the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this conclusion focuses on William Hazlitt's Conversations with James Northcote. More particularly, Hazlitt's recorded conversations exemplify the shift in art-biographical writing during this period, especially in its personalization and individualization of aesthetics as well as in its emancipation from Continental models.

Keywords: Hazlitt; Northcote; Conversations; nineteenth century; personalization; aesthetics; individualization; Continental model

Chapter.  4248 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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