I have admired T. J. Clark ever since I was an art-history graduate student and read The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Age of Manet and His Followers. That book was one of several by Clark (including The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-51 and Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution) that helped effect a shift in focus in modernist art history from formalist criticism toward the...
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