Delanie in France

Delanie L. is a graduate student studying art history. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer studying elements of morality and ethics depicted in 18th-century French art.

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Writing in Los Angeles

Me, at Versailles, posed with one of my favorite preparatory sketches made by Jean-Marc Nattier.

I am at the half way point in my research, which means it is writing time. I am now in Los Angeles to visit various university libraries, the Huntington Library art collection and the J. Paul Getty Museum. An important part of visiting collections of French art around the world is gaining an understanding into the buying market of this type of art.

I will be able to see which genres of eighteenth-century French art were, and continue to be, desirable to collectors. For example, in my study of anti-Rococo sentiment, I may find out that in the twentieth century, the Rococo style was highly popular because the J. Paul Getty owns a lot of it. At this point, I am hypothesizing, but my sense is that taste changes, and it may be a product of the changing of social ethics and morality.

For the remainder of the summer, I will be in the library reading and writing, but I will be sure to keep everyone updated on new artworks I see in the collections here in Los Angeles. Thank you again Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility for making this research possible. I am forever grateful!

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