The eighteenth century was a time of supreme achievement in French architecture. The buildings of the period are distinguished by restraint and proportion, grace and practicality - qualities that influenced architecture across Europe. This handsome book surveys developments from the final years of Louis XIV and the lasting influence of Jules-Hardouin Mansart to the dramatic fantasies of Boullee. It analyses not only the buildings, but also their interiors, and the contemporary theoretical literature.
PART ONE - THE SCHOOL OF JULES HARDOUIN MANSART AND THE Gout Moderne (1700-1730): Introduction; The Last Works of Jules Hardouin-Mansart; Robert de Cotte: Public Buildings Princely Residence Bishops' Palaces; Germain Boffrand; Domestic Architecture in and outside Paris: The Last Years of Louis XIV Regence Architecture; Decoration: Lepautre and Boffrand Regence Decoration. PART TWO - THE ROCOCO (1730-1755) Introduction; Jacques V Gabriel and Public Building; The Art of the Court and the Early Work of Ange-Jacques Gabriel; Emanuel Here and Architecture in Lorraine under King Stanislas; Private Building; Church Architecture in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century; Decoration. PART THREE - EARLY NEO-CLASSICISM (1755-1775): Introduction; Blondel and the Traditionalists; Legeay and the Genesis of Neo-classicism; The Mature Work of Ange-Jacques Gabriel: Public Buildings; Royal Commissions; The Followers of Gabriel: Potain, Mique, Antoine, Barre; Jacques-Germain Soufflot: Works in Lyon Works under the Patronage of Marigny; The Pioneers of Antiquity: Peyre the Elder, de Wailly, Gondoin, Victor Louis, Clerisseau, Le Camus de Mezieres; Domestic Architecture in Paris and the Early Work of Boullee and Ledoux; Neo-classical Church Architecture; Decoration. PART FOUR - THE SECOND PHASE OF NEO-CLASSICISM (1775-1800): Introduction; The Art of the Court; Public Architecture and the Late Work of Ledoux; Domestic Architecture in Paris; Revolutionary Architecture; Decoration; Notes; Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Index.