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Jon Whiteley, 2 April 1981

Thomas Couture and the Eclectic Vision 
by Albert Boime.
Yale, 683 pp., £35, June 1980, 0 300 02158 5
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... modern taste for the ‘instinctual’ but fell short of what his patrons had expected. Professor Boime explains the failure of Couture in terms of the psychology of the French nation. His stimulating account is not a standard monograph but an ambitious attempt to link the art of the 19th century to the society that created it. ...

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