Abstract

Before the French revolutionaries adopted the tree as a symbol of freedom, artists used arboreal images to discuss issues of royal policy and reform. Hubert Robert, Peyraud de Beaussol, Jacques Delille, Michel-Paul de Chabanon, and Adélaïde de Souza drew scenes of felling and pruning to comment upon the solidity of a cultural and political system—the ancien régime—that seemed to be vacillating at their feet. Their work was inspired by the monarchy's involvement in the management of forests, by the construction of the gardens of Versailles under Louis XIV, and the dramatic event of their replanting in 1774–5.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 1-15
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-01
Open Access
No
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