Past Event

Charlotte Guichard - The Art of Embarquement: Empire, Commerce and the Sea in Eighteenth-Century France

October 21, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Online and in-person: Remarque Institute, New York University, 60 5th Avenue

Event Description

With the development of transnational commerce and empire in eighteenth-century France, scenes of embarkation, seafaring, and trade acquired new meaning in French visual arts, transforming a predominately military and “gallant” body of imagery into one with commercial and imperial associations. This talk will present some issues relating to this “art of Embarquement” in dialogue with Hans Blumenberg’s Shipwreck with Spectator (1996). It will discuss drawings executed during the La Pérouse expedition of 1785-1788 as well as the fashion for marine paintings in the eighteenth century; the ambivalent attitudes these paintings express towards the sea; and the contrast between their pacified scenes of “doux commerce” and the violence exerted on the populations they depict.

Event Speaker

Charlotte Guichard, Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research 

Event Information

Free and open to the public. Please visit the zoom RSVP page to register for virtual attendence. Guests interesting in attending in-person should contact [email protected]. For more information, please visit the event webpage

Hosted by the Remarque Institute at New York University.