Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France

TitleGawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsAlsdorf B
PublisherPrinceton University Press
ISBN9780691166384
Abstract

Gawkers explores how artists and writers in late nineteenth-century Paris represented the seductions, horrors, and banalities of street life through the eyes of curious viewers known as badauds. Beautifully illustrated and drawing on a wealth of new research, Gawkers excavates badauds as a subject of deep significance in late nineteenth-century French culture, as a motif in works of art, and as a conflicted model of the modern viewer.

URLhttps://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691166384/gawkers