Flora Yukhnovich: Fête Galante


Published to accompany Flora Yukhnovich’s solo exhibition at Leeds Art University Gallery, curated by Catriona McAra.


For her first institutional solo exhibition Flora Yukhnovich takes stock of her art historical approach to painting through the alternative genre of the ‘fête galante'. For eighteenth century Rococo artists, the fête galante was understood as an elegant festival or courtly excursion. As a kind of non-category coined by Watteau, Yukhnovich uses it to investigate the French wing of the Rococo style. Though the Rococo has often been considered aristocratic and whimsical, Yukhnovich’s technically accomplished paintings challenge and revise such views. Yukhnovich addresses the stereotypical feminine gendering of the Rococo through eroticized fairy tales. The related notion of 'an enchanted island' emerges as the artist delves deep into art historian Mary Sheriff’s research on Fragonard and his contemporaries.


The book includes a curatorial preface by Catriona McAra, University Curator at Leeds Arts University, and an interview with Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections at the Yale Center for British Art.



Published by Leeds Arts University Gallery

Preface by Catriona McAra, interview with Matthew Hargraves

Design by Ashleigh Armitage, Dust


2020. 40 pp., 22 ills.

224 × 16 cm



£15.00 (+p&p)






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