Observations sur les arts, et sur quelques morceaux de peinture & de sculpture, exposes au Louvre en 1748 ...

Leiden, Elias Luzac Junior, 1748.

12mo, pp. [2], 211, [1], engraved pictorial head-piece to first text leaf; a little foxing, still a very good copy in 19th century quarter sheep with marbled boards, flat spine gilt, lightly worn.


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First edition of an early piece of art criticism, including reflections on the state-sponsored Parisian exhibition of painting and sculpture (Salon) in 1748.

A famous art collector of extensive means, Saint-Yves was well placed to critique new exhibitions, commenting on the annual exhibits of the Royal Academy of painting and sculpture in Paris. His work laid the foundations for the modern discipline of art criticism.

Neil McWilliam (editor), A bibliography of Salon criticism in Paris from the Ancien Regime to the Restoration, 1699-1827, Cambridge 1991, no. 50

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