Color and black and white images of works by these artists and others many never before publishedUsing the visual arts as an interpretive lens Clayson illuminates the wide range of issues at play during the siege *AND THEREAFTER INCLUDING UESTIONS OF POLITICAL *thereafter including uestions of political cultural identity artistic and femininity public versus private space everyday life and modernity and gender and class roles military and civilian society For anyone concerned with these issues or with nineteenth century *French Art In General *art in general in Despair will be a landmark wo. .
Nged attitudes and new approaches to representation among a wide variety of artists as they made art out of their individual experiences of adversity and change art that as not previously been considered within the context of the siege Clayson focuses especially on Rosa Bonheur Edgar Degas Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière Edouard Manet and Henri Regnault but *she also covers a ost of other artists including Ernest Barrias *also covers a ost of other artists including Ernest Barrias Courbet Edouard Detaille Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Albert Robida And James TissotRobida and James Tissot in Despair includes than two undred. The siege of Paris Prussians in the fall and winter of 1870 and 1871 turned the city upside down radically altering its appearance social structure and mood As Hollis *Clayson Demonstrates In Paris *demonstrates in Paris Despair the siege took an especially eavy toll on the city's artists forcing them out of the spaces and routines of their insular prewar lives and thrusting them onto the ramparts as many became soldiersBut the crisis did not alt artistic production as some ave suggested In fact Clayson argues that the siege actually encouraged innovation fostering cha.