Publication : « Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy ».

HEDQUIST Valerie, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, New York, Routledge, 2019, 202 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The reception of Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy from its origins to its appearances in contemporary visual culture reveals how its popularity was achieved and maintained by diverse audiences and in varied venues. Performative manifestations resulted in contradictory characterizations of the painted youth as an aristocrat or a ‘regular fellow’, as masculine or feminine, or as heterosexual or gay. In private and public spaces where viewers saw the actual painting and where living and rendered replicas circulated, Gainsborough’s painting was often the centerpiece where dominant and subordinate classes met, gender identities were enacted, and sexuality was implicitly or overtly expressed.

Valerie Hedquist is Professor of Art History at the University of Montana.

Table des matières

List of Figures
List of Plates

1  Private Beginnings, Public Performances
The Blue Boy from Gainsborough’s Showroom to Grosvenor’s Picture Gallery
3  Public Recognition
4  Reproducing The Blue Boy
5  Farewell to England
6  Welcome to America
7  Changing Roles for The Blue Boy

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À propos Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l'art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150). Expert pour la galerie Hubert Duchemin et chargé d’enseignement à l'Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Commissaire scientifique de l’exposition "Chic Emprise : Cultures, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle" (22 juin - 23 septembre 2019) au musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle.