This paper reviews several essays by the author on aspects of French nineteenth-century painting, most of which have been published in recent catalogues. Dealing with Eugène Devéria, Paul Delaroche, Jean-Jacques Henner and the ‘Troubadour school’ of Lyon, these writings prompt further conclusions about the relation between regional, national and global factors that can be traced throughout the different case studies. Covering the entire century, these comprise Devéria's relocation to Scotland in 1849, Delaroche's early debt to English history painting, the role of the Lyon artists as a regional school and the multiplication of copies after Henner's Fabiola. The French policy of sending its most promising students to Rome is seen as an ideological factor that transcends the national dimension. However, this element of globalism is replaced in the course of the century by the global reach of new markets and new reproductive technologies, for which Paris continues to serve as a centre.
1. FernandBraudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, trans. Sian Reynolds, London 1982, 2: 1236–7.
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