I had a wonderful time this weekend at the 10th Anniversary Conference of immediations, the postgraduate research journal of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The concept behind the event was to invite back people who had written articles for the journal over the last decade and to hear about how their research has developed since the time of writing (a description of the event is on the Courtauld website where you can also download the programme). It was fascinating to see what everyone has been working on, to think about how our own ideas have changed, and how the discipline has shifted in such a relatively short time. Along with these thought-provoking interventions, we also enjoyed some lively discussions about experiences of publishing: editing and being edited, peer-reviewing and being peer-reviewed. All in all it was a truly stimulating day, brilliantly conceived, and impeccably organised.
As it turns out, the title of my paper was even more interest-piquing than I had anticipated — I had so many requests before and during the day to divulge the identity of “The Man Who Made the Weirdest Painting in 18th-Century France”! So, for anyone intrigued who didn’t make it to the conference, here it is: the man is Charles-Antoine Coypel and the painting is his incredibly bizarre Children Playing at the Toilette from 1728. I challenge anyone to come up with a weirder offering than semi-naked children play-acting at the eroticizing aristocratic ritual of the daily toilette!
There’s a little more information in the abstract to my paper below… but if you’re really intrigued, you’ll have to get yourself a backcopy of immediations.
|Charles-Antoine Coypel, Self-Portrait, 1734 (Getty, Los Angeles)
|Charles-Antoine Coypel, Children Playing at the Toilette, 1728 (Private Collection)