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Oliver, Bette Wyn 1933-

Works: 11 works in 55 publications in 1 language and 2,221 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DC159, 027.544
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Most widely held works by Bette Wyn Oliver
Orphans on the earth : Girondin fugitives from the Terror, 1793-1794 by Bette Wyn Oliver( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just as it was not foreordained that the Terror of 1793-1794 should follow the early idealistic years of the French Revolution, neither could it have been imagined that some of those elected deputies who had helped to establish the new republic would become fugitives from their own government. Yet, in May to June 1793, twenty-nine deputies of the moderate Girondin faction were expelled from the National Convention by the radical Jacobin leadership and placed under house arrest. This action followed monthsof irreconcilable quarrels between the Girondin and Jacobin factions. Some of the proscrib
Surviving the French Revolution : a bridge across time by Bette Wyn Oliver( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unleashing of the French Revolution in 1789 resulted in the acceleration of time coupled with the inability to predict what might happen next. As unprecedented events outpaced the days, those caught up in the whirlwind had little time to make judicious decisions about which course to follow. The lack of reliable information and delays in communication between Paris and the provinces exacerbated the situation. Consequently, some fled into exile in Europe and the United States, while others remained to take advantage of new opportunities provided by the revolutionary government. Between 1789 and 1794 the government moved from a position of hopeful cooperation to one of desperate measures instigated during the Terror of 1793-1794. As a result, those French citizens who had fled early in the revolution, including many aristocrats such as Talleyrand and Madame de la Tour du Pin as well as the artist Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, could not return until years later, while those who had remained, such as her husband, the art dealer Jean-Baptiste Pierre LeBrun, the artist Jacques-Louis David, the writers Sébastien Chamfort and André Chénier, and the expelled Girondin deputies, chose survival strategies that they hoped would be successful. For all of those concerned, timing was key to survival, and those who lived found that they had crossed a bridge between the Ancien Régime and the beginning of the modern world. It would not be possible to grasp the full import of the period between 1789 and 1795 until time had decelerated to a more reasonable level after the fall of Robespierre in 1794. Yet few could have imagined that almost one hundred years would pass before a stable French republic could be established --
From royal to national : the Louvre Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provincial patriot of the French Revolution : François Buzot, 1760-1794 by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography of François Buzot, a Girondin leader in both the Constituent Assembly (1789-91) and the National Convention (1792-93), illustrates how his early life in Evreux and his training as a lawyer influenced his ideas and actions during the French Revolution, when he championed individual rights and the rule of law in a republic.--Publisher's description
Jacques Pierre Brissot in America and France, 1788-1793 : in search of better worlds by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines a decisive five-year period in the life of Jacques Pierre Brissot, one of the influential leaders of the French Revolution. An idealistic, somewhat naive journalist who became a member of the national assembly, Brissot championed the new American republic as an example for the French revolutionary government to follow. This book is not intended to serve as a biography of the Girondin leader, but rather to present an examination of his life between 1788, when he visited the United States, and 1793, when he was executed. As such, the narrative necessarily focuses on the events of the revolution as the ever-present background to Brissot's thoughts and actions. Both as a journalist and as a legislator, Brissot was consumed by the tumultuous events of the period under review. The book is based primarily on the publications, correspondence, and memoirs of Brissot, as well as materials from the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Archives Nationales, and relevant secondary sources. It also includes comparisons between Brissot's observations of America in 1788, published in 1791 as "Nouveau Voyage dans les Etats-Unis de l'Amerique Septentrionale, 1788," and those of his countryman Alexis de Tocqueville in his widely read "Democracy in America," which described his visit in 1831 and was published in 1835
Jean-Baptiste-Pierre LeBrun : in pursuit of art (1748-1813) by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Baptiste Pierre LeBrun's life was marked by his intense interest in art, first as an artist, and then from 1770 until his death in 1813, as an art dealer/connoisseur and as a participant in the transformation of the Louvre into a national museum during the French Revolution. He managed to accommodate whichever regime assumed power, from monarchy to republic to empire. He married the artist Elisabeth Vigee in 1776 and together they figured prominently in the pre-revolutionary cultural world of Paris. LeBrun travelled widely, buying art for his gallery and contributing to a number of aristocratic collections. His expertise in attributions of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings was acknowledged internationally, while his reference work on the subject was considered the most comprehensive ever written.0LeBrun, the grand-nephew of the illustrious artist Charles LeBrun, became one of the most successful art dealers in Paris. He played an active role in the politics of art between 1789 and 1802, serving as an expert-commissioner in restoration at the national museum. His inventories of artworks, confiscated from all over Europe by Napoleon's armies, have provided a valuable record of the development of the French national museum. In addition, his inventories have been useful in the identification and recovery of Nazi confiscations during World War II. LeBrun's accomplishments during a tumultuous period of political and artistic change present evidence of his contributions to the concept of the modern art museum, notably in the areas of conservation, restoration, and arrangement
Witness to the Revolution: Jean-Baptiste Louvet, 1760-1797 by Bette Wyn Oliver( )

4 editions published between 1901 and 2020 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite numerous obstacles, Jean-Baptiste Louvet, author of the romance Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas, survived the French revolution through a combination of luck, imagination, and determination. This book traces his journey from a frail bookstore clerk to a powerful political figure who challenged Jacobin leaders like Robespierre, survived life as a fugitive, and risked all to defend the cause"--
Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Jean-Baptiste Pierre LeBrun, and Marguerite Gérard and their roles in the French artistic legacy, 1775-1825 by Bette Wyn Oliver( )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun : portrait of an age by Bette Wyn Oliver( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives : (2007-2010) by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contexts : (2005-2007) by Bette Wyn Oliver( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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From royal to national : the Louvre Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale
Surviving the French Revolution : a bridge across timeFrom royal to national : the Louvre Museum and the Bibliothèque nationaleProvincial patriot of the French Revolution : François Buzot, 1760-1794Jacques Pierre Brissot in America and France, 1788-1793 : in search of better worldsJean-Baptiste-Pierre LeBrun : in pursuit of art (1748-1813)
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controlled identityOliver, Elizabeth W.

Oliver, B. W. (Bette Wyn)

Oliver, Bette W. 1933-

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