It's a review of a new book on the nineteenth-century French Academic painter, Henri Regnault.
What is it about?
Regnault practiced his art during the liberal regime of the Second Empire; however, he died during the Franco-Prussian war and his history was written during the Third Republic’s “moral order”. The review questions the effectiveness of the strategies used by the author and their relevance to our current moment -- the “law and order” climate of the Trump administration.
Why is it important?
The essay asks: How do we write art history in our current political moment?
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