Henri Rousseau, 1908 and after : the corpus, criticism, and history of a painter without a problem

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Henri Rousseau, 1908 and after : the corpus, criticism, and history of a painter without a problem

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dc.contributor.advisor Shiff, Richard
dc.creator Haskell, Caitlin Welsh
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-25T20:54:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-25T20:54:52Z
dc.date.created 2012-05
dc.date.issued 2012-06-25
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5135
dc.description.abstract This dissertation considers Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) as a painter and as a figure of discourse. It addresses the longstanding concern of Rousseau’s resistance to interpretation and proposes that this derives from Rousseau’s incomplete fulfillment of the professional obligations of the artist, specifically, from his failure to motivate his work through the pursuit of what modern art critics commonly called “a problem.” Rousseau did not practice painting as artists of his day did, and because of this difference—first articulated by Guillaume Apollinaire in 1908 as an absence of artistic inquiétude—he entered the discourse of art with unprecedented susceptibility to reinvention. The Rousseau we know today, the Rousseau who was a miraculous modernist in the interwar period, and the Rousseau who emerged in the context of the avant-garde in the earliest years of the twentieth century share little besides a name, and this frustrates any effort to write a coherent history of the painter and his pictures. Rather than propose once again Rousseau’s recuperation into a traditional art-historical narrative, this dissertation tells the history of a maker who produced admirable images but fulfilled few other author-functions, and it tells the history of writers who, compensating for Rousseau’s authorial deficits, produced a new artist, a new body of work, and widespread puzzlement about the place of each in the history of modern art.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Henri Rousseau
dc.subject Douanier Rousseau
dc.subject Le Douaunier Rousseau
dc.subject Modern art
dc.subject Modern painting
dc.subject Twentieth-century art
dc.subject Twentieth-century painting
dc.subject Art criticism
dc.subject Painter without a problem
dc.subject Just painting
dc.subject Daniel Catton Rich
dc.subject Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
dc.subject Andre Salmon
dc.subject Guillaume Apollinaire
dc.subject Clive Bell
dc.subject Roger Fry
dc.subject The Sleeping Gypsy
dc.subject Jungle paintings
dc.subject Bonne fete
dc.subject The Holy Family
dc.subject Intention deficit disorder
dc.subject Tree of modern art
dc.subject Professionalism
dc.subject Critical resistance
dc.title Henri Rousseau, 1908 and after : the corpus, criticism, and history of a painter without a problem
dc.date.updated 2012-06-25T20:55:05Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5135
dc.contributor.committeeMember Charlesworth, Michael
dc.contributor.committeeMember Childs, Elizabeth C.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Clarke, John R.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Henderson, Linda
dc.contributor.committeeMember Peers, Glenn
dc.description.department Art History
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Art History
thesis.degree.discipline Art History
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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