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Fellow Men:
Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting
Bridget Alsdorf

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"Bridget Alsdorf's fascinating book brings to the fore a largely neglected cluster of ambitious paintings, Henri Fantin-Latour's group portraits, and by so doing casts new light on a crucial episode in the emergence of modern art in nineteenth-century Paris. Not only does she make superb use of Fantin-Latour's correspondence and the writings of numerous art critics of his time, she also directs toward the paintings an analytical intelligence shaped in part by recent developments in gender theory (especially Sedgwick's work on homosocial bonding), with impressive results. No future work on Fantin-Latour, Manet, and Degas will be able to ignore what she has done."--Michael Fried, Johns Hopkins University

"This outstanding book examines the strained relations among individual artists and artist groups in the early French avant-garde. Alsdorf takes an entirely new approach in asking and answering key questions about group dynamics among realist and impressionist artists. Fellow Men is a work of impeccable scholarship."--Nancy Locke, Pennsylvania State University

"This confidently argued and carefully researched book puts the group portraiture of Fantin-Latour into the art historical limelight for the very first time. Alsdorf effectively integrates Fantin-Latour's work into the sphere of the most ambitious modernist painters and paintings of the 1870s and early 1880s."--S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University

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