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IDA MATTON (1863-1940): Kvinna och skulptör på det franska och svenska konstfältet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to carry out a study of the Swedish sculptor, Ida Matton (1863-1940), who lived and worked most of her adult life in Paris and who has hitherto been unexplored by art historians. It has taken its material from two main sources: previously unexamined material from the Ida Matton archive at Uppsala university library and Matton's own sculptures in Gävle. In addition, the essay has also taken into account relevant secondary material regarding the Parisian art field at the turn of the last century. The study focuses on two main points: firstly, the position that Ida Matton created for herself in Paris and the cultural context she moved in, secondly the strategies she used to make herself known in the Swedish art field. Questions that have been raised in the first part are for example: What educational opportunities did a woman sculptor have in Paris? What artistic tendencies were supported by the private art schools that Matton attended and how did they affect her artistic development? What was the general attitude to women sculptors and what sculptors was Matton influenced by? What did her social room and her social network look like? As regards the Swedish art field the main points for discussion have been how Matton was met by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Konstnärsförbundet and other agents within the field, as well as by art critics in Swedish newspapers and magazines. Special attention has also been given to the role of Matton's family and friends in her personal and artistic life. Building on modern gender studies and, to some extent, Bourdieu's art-sociological perspectives, this essay argues that Ida Matton had a strong position within the Parisian art field; she won 'mentions honorables' at the French Salon and a Prix de sculpture for one of her sculptures. She was respected and esteemed in the Swedish colony in Paris, but her artistic, social and cultural capital was of very little significance in Sweden. The study proposes that there are three main reasons for this. Firstly, women artists in general had difficulties in being accepted and acknowledged in the male-dominated domain. Secondly, already established male artists possessed the consecrating power and they were reluctant to allow women into the field, in particular if they had been educated and lived abroad. It is shown that Matton tried various strategies to be recognized but that she was marginalized by the Swedish male establishment. Thirdly, the essay demonstrates that Ida Matton worked within an art tradition, the French salon sculpture, which was downgraded by the Swedish art establishment, but stayed alive and was appreciated by the French public much longer. The French salon sculpture has continued to be looked down upon over the years and thereby Ida Matton, an artist well schooled in this tradition, has been overlooked and forgotten. As this essay is the first to explore Ida Matton's archive from an academic point of view, it will hopefully provide a new perspective on Matton's art and contribute to her being written into art history in her own right

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 96 p.
Keyword [en]
Ida Matton, woman sculptor, Parisian art world, the Paris Salon, the French salon sculpture, Académie Julian, gender, Bourdieu, social context, women and friendship
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274561DiVA: diva2:896945
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-22 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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