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Susan Hollis Clayson

Born: 1946 in Chicago,Illinois
Pen Name: Hollis Clayson, S. Hollis Clayson

Connection to Illinois: Clayson was born in Chicago and has taught at both the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and at Northwestern University.

Biography: Clayson is a historian of modern art who specializes in 19th-century Europe, especially France, and transatlantic exchanges between France and the U.S.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Susan Hollis Clayson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Painted love :
ISBN: 0892367296 OCLC: 52921072

Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles : ©2003.

"Prostitution was widespread in nineteenth century Paris, and as French streets filled with these women of the night, French art and literature of the period took notice. In this book, Hollis Clayson explains why providing the first description and analysis of French artistic interest in women prostitutes and examining how the subject was treated in the art of the 1870s and 1880 by such avant-garde painters as Cezanne, Degas, Manet, and Renoir, as well as by academic and lowbrow painters who were their contemporaries." "Clayson illuminates not only the imagery of prostitution - with its contradictory connotations of disgust and fascination - but also issues and problems relating to women and men in a patriarchal society. She discusses the conspicuous sexual commerce during this era and the resulting public panic about the deterioration of social life and mores. She describes the system that evolved of regulating prostitutes and the subsequent rise of clandestine prostitutes, who were condemned both for blurring social boundaries and for spreading sexual licentiousness among their moral and social superiors. Clayson argues that the subject of covert prostitution was especially attractive to vanguard painters because it embodied key notions of modernity, exemplifying the commercialization and ambiguity of modern life."--Jacket.

Paris in despair :
ISBN: 0226109577 OCLC: 45821013

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : ©2002.

"The siege of Paris by Prussians in the fall and winter of 1870 and 1871 turned the city upside down, radically altering its appearance, social structure, and mood. As Hollis Clayson demonstrates in Paris in Despair, the siege took a heavy toll on the city's artists, forcing them out of the spaces and routines of their insular prewar lives, and literally thrusting onto the ramparts the many among them who became soldiers."