Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Maria Sancho-Arroyo

Second Advisor

Ann-Marie Richard


Reflecting on the role of art in the socio-cultural context would be unfair not to notice its unconventional nature of the transformation, definition, and understanding, depending on the time, place, and society, which would start the dispute. Yet, there is still no one answer or guide on how does art work as a singular system, using multiple mediums for translating, spreading, and sharing values from one culture to the another, without destroying origins of the message, but organically adopting it for the new environment. Luckily there is a set of tendencies kept by centuries, analysis of which might bring a clear understanding of the key patterns, which allowed art to thrive to its full potential or at least release the conceived mission, depending on the circumstances.

Nowadays, France is one of the few if not the only country which often associates with the “cradle of culture”, fine arts, and aesthetics, whether it happened due to the changes throughout the 17 - 18th centuries or was it forming along the way, followed by the nature of origins of art - would be the matter to explore.

By analyzing the nature of the appearance of the first art institutions and representative agents in France, this thesis will study the evolution of the cultural cluster and its expansion throughout the borders, which afterward greatly contributed to the political image of modern France, influenced its growth, expansion and multiplying investment potential for the foreign partners.