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Alphonse Legros in France and in Britain : A tale of two countries

Alphonse Legros de la France à l'Angleterre

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Published on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The conference organized at the University of Burgundy (Dijon) in May 2017 by the Centre Interlangues (Texte-Image-Langage) and the musée des Beaux-Arts will revisit Legros’s work and role as well as his legacy and reception in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will welcome Elizabeth Prettejohn and Stephen Bann as guest speakers.

Announcement

Argument

Although he was born and possibly taught in Dijon, Alphonse Legros spent most of his life in Britain where he was appointed professor at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1876. Legros held the position until 1893, introducing etching and, later, sculpture to the syllabus. In 1880, he was one of the six founding members of the Society of Painter-Etchers which was to play an influential role in the late Victorian revival of printing. He was also instrumental in the modern revival of the cast portrait medal. When he died in 1911, Legros was a British citizen and a distinguished artist. The Tate Gallery organized the largest-ever retrospective of his works. However Legros did not forget France, nor did France forget him: a one-man show was held at Samuel Bing’s L’Art Nouveau gallery in 1898, and a large retrospective exhibition was curated by Léonce Bénédite at the Musée du Luxembourg in 1900. In Dijon, the Musée des Beaux-Arts set up an exhibition in 1987 and recent smaller events in France testify to an enduring interest for this transnational and transmedia artist.

The conference organized at the University of Burgundy (Dijon) in May 2017 by the Centre Interlangues (Texte-Image-Langage) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts will revisit Legros’s work and role as well as his legacy and reception in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will welcome Elizabeth Prettejohn and Stephen Bann as guest speakers.

We invite art historians, specialists of Victorian visual culture and aesthetics, curators, collectors and art school teachers to send proposals that explore the following themes in this non exhaustive list:

  • Legros and the visual culture of his time in relation to Aestheticism, pre-Modernist aesthetics and the revival of the graphic arts;
  • Legros, a multi-media artist with an experimental legacy: techniques (etching, lithography, painting, drawing, medal making) and transmediality;
  • Legros in France: the ‘Société des Trois’; the creation of the Société des Aquafortistes, and its first portfolio in 1862; Legros’s later career in France;
  • Legros and illustration: his own illustrations (to Edgar Poe’s stories for instance); his influence on contemporary illustrators;
  • Legros and British artists: acquaintanceships, avant-garde, networks of sociability and influence (D. G. Rossetti and F. Watts for instance);
  • Art school teaching: Legros’s teaching method and influence as professor of etching at the South Kensington School of Art and as Slade Professor; changes to the curriculum, Legros in the history of the teaching of fine arts and draughtsmanship;
  • Legros’s influence on younger artists (H. S. Tuke, Charles Furse, and William Strang, Philip Rothenstein, Charles Shannon, Augustus John);
  • France and England: cross-fertilisation and artistic transfers, recognition and/or neglect;
  • The history of the reception of his work: connoisseurship, tradition and transmission; building up collections in the UK and in the US; Legros on the contemporary market both in Britain and in France.

Submission guidelines

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short biography before

1st January 2017 to:

  • Sophie Aymes: sophie.aymes@u-bourgogne.fr
  • Bénédicte Coste: benedicte.coste@u-bourgogne.fr
  • Bertrand Tillier: bertrand.tillier@univ-paris1.fr

Notification of acceptance: 15th January.

Comité scientifique

  • Sophie Aymès, MCF Littérature anglaise, Université de Bourgogne
  • Stephen Bann, FBA, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol
  • Bénédicte Coste, Professeur de littérature et de culture victoriennes, Université de Bourgogne
  • Elizabeth Prettejohn, Professor of History of Art, University of York
  • Bertrand Tillier, Professeur d’histoire contemporaine, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Places

  • Maison des sciences de l'Homme, 6 Esplanade Erasme, BP 26611, cedex | Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon, 1 rue Rameau
    Dijon, France (21066 | 21)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, January 01, 2017

Keywords

  • Alphonse Legros, art visuel, art graphique, transfert, culture

Contact(s)

  • Bénédicte Coste
    courriel : benedicte [dot] coste [at] u-bourgogne [dot] fr

Information source

  • Bénédicte Coste
    courriel : benedicte [dot] coste [at] u-bourgogne [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Alphonse Legros in France and in Britain : A tale of two countries », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 07, 2016, https://calenda.org/387744

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