Imaging Childhood in Eighteenth-Century France: Greuze's Little Girl with a Dog

Barker, Emma
December 2009
Art Bulletin;Dec2009, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p426
Academic Journal
In this article the author discusses new ideas about childhood that came to prominence in the late 18th century as illustrated in the painting "Little Girl With a Dog," by Jean-Baptiste Greuze. At the time the idea was formulated that childhood was an age of innocence, images reinforced by British artists initially in their paintings of children. The Greuze picture is compared with other French works of the era depicting children. The author also considers the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, principally "Emile," and scientific and medical works of the period.


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