A thoroughly investigation of the social role of art articulated by the French left during the July Monarchy and Second Republic. McWilliam organizes his study chronologically to track the shifting changes and conflicting meanings of art social among radical theorists (Saint-Simon, Fourier...).
Neil McWilliam is Professor of History of art at the Duke University, North Carolina. He is the author of A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the July Monarchy to the Second Republic, 1831-1851 (1991), Monumental Intolerance. Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France (2000), and co-editor, with June Hargrove, of Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1879-1914 (2005).