A Physiology of the Inglorious Artist in Early Nineteenth-Century Paris

  • Kathryn Desplanque


Henri Murger ’s Scènes de la vie de bohème, published piecemeal in Le Corsaire-Satan between 1845 and 1849, provides historians of art and literature with an elaborate representation of bohemianism in Paris during the July Monarchy. Murger’s text is here brought into conversation with an unstudied corpus of approximately 500 satirical images of artistic life and 50 objects of popular theater. This contribution expands upon Murger’s artistic typologies, exploring their inheritance in images and stagings of the delusional bohemian, the shop sign painter, and the carefree artist.

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  • Kathryn Desplanque
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  1. 1.Art & Art History DepartmentUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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