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- DescriptionFrench priest Joseph M. Paret (1807-1872) served in the missions of Louisiana from 1847 to 1869 as pastor of the Little Red Church, located upstream from New Orleans on the east bank of the Mississippi River. During his somewhat lonely tenure, Paret sketched landscapes, architecture, and interiors, capturing everyday life in prosperous St. Charles Parish. In 1987, fifty-three watercolors were discovered - still bound in their original sketchbook - among his personal effects. Plantations by the River contains twenty-eight of these paintings created in or about the year 1859. Paret's insightful artwork provides a visual social history of the antebelium creole culture of south Louisiana and documents properties in addition to structures and furnishings of the period. The book features full-size reproductions of Paret's paintings, which have been restored to their original vibrancy. The value of Paret's detailed folk art lies in the accuracy of his depiction of the region he lived in. He faithfully renders parishioners attending church, men pulling driftwood from the Mississippi River, and the edifices and flora gracing local plantations Ormond and Good Hope, among many others. The text is presented in both English and French; and as a supplement to the art, an appendix of excerpts from Mon Journal d'Amerique - a collection of correspondence between Paret and his family - is included. The beautiful, brightly colored paintings of Plantations by the River are a rare discovery and provide a unique view of rural Louisiana life before the onset of the Civil War.
- Author BiographyMarcel Boyer has published several historical studies as well as Father Joseph M. Paret's Mon Journal d'Amerique. He lives in Givors, France. Jay D. Edwards, Kniffen Professor of Anthropology at Louisiana State University, is the author of Louisiana's Remarkable French Vernacular Architecture.
- Author(s)Joseph M. Paret,Marcel Boyer
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2001
- LanguageEnglish & French
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleFred B.Kniffen Cultural Resources Laboratory Monograph S.
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 4
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Content Note29 colour illustrations, 2 halftones, 2 line drawings, 1 colour map references
- Weight1084 g
- Width279 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Volume editorJay D. Edwards
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