On Art and Artists: An Anthology of Diderot's Aesthetic Thought

  • Denis Diderot
  • John S. D. Glaus
  • Jean Seznec

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 1-11
  3. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 13-35
  4. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 37-47
  5. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 49-62
  6. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 63-83
  7. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 85-99
  8. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 101-107
  9. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 109-120
  10. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 121-124
  11. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 125-149
  12. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 151-162
  13. Denis Diderot, Jean S. D. Glaus
    Pages 163-189
  14. John S. D Glaus
    Pages 191-191

About this book

Introduction

Chance ordained that Denis Diderot was not only a philosopher, playwright and writer, but also a salonnier. In other words, an art critic. In 1759, his friend Grimm entrusted him with a project that forced him to acquire “thoughtful notions concerning painting and sculpture” and to refine “art terms, so familiar in his words yet so vague in his mind.

Diderot wrote artistic reviews of exhibitions – Salons – that were mounted bi-annually by the Académie Royale de Peinture et de scultpure. These reviews, published in the Correspondence littéraire, were Diderot’s unique contribution to art criticism in France. He fulfilled his task of salonnier on nine occasions, despite misgivings of his own enthusiasm and self-confidence.

Compiled and presented by Jean Seznec, this anthology helps the contemporary reader to familiarize himself with Diderot’s aesthetic thoughts in all its greatness. It includes eight illustrations and is followed by texts from Jean Starobinski, Michel Delon, and Arthur Cohen. On Art and Artists has been edited and translated by John S.D.Glaus who is an amateur dix-huitièmeiste. His current project is the translations of the remaining Diderot Salons.

Keywords

Aesthetics Art criticism Arts Diderot Encyclopédie Salonnier Salons

Authors and affiliations

  • Denis Diderot
    • 1
  1. 1.ParisFrance

Editors and affiliations

  • John S. D. Glaus
    • 1
  • Jean Seznec
    • 2
  1. 1.RumfordUSA
  2. 2.OxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0062-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0061-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0062-8
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