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From the publisher
French Suite examines a range of important French painters and two writers, Baudelaire and Flaubert, from the brothers Le Nain in the mid-seventeenth century to Manet, Degas, Corot, Daubigny and the Impressionists in the later nineteenth century. A principal theme of the essays is a fundamental concern of Fried’s throughout his career: the relation between painting and beholder. Fried’s typically vivid and strongly argued essays offer many new readings and unexpected insights, transforming our understanding of both familiar and lesser-known French artistic and literary works.