Institute of Fine Arts
New York University
New York, NY
ON THE EVE of the French Revolution, Jean-Baptiste Greuze was hailed by his contemporaries as one of the most versatile and original painters of his generation. Modern audiences are still fascinated by Greuze's anecdotal genre scenes as reflections of the moral attitudes of the rising French bourgeoisie. In depicting middle class domestic genres, Greuze is often hailed as the inheritor of France's greatest genre and still life painter, Chardin. However, the strong moral and didactic nature of Greuze's genre scenes also reflects the 17th century Dutch genre tradition.Article.
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