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La représentation de la haute montagne entre Lumières et Romantisme : le cas atypique de l'Oisans dans la découverte des Alpes

Abstract : Located between Grenoble and Briançon, the Oisans is a mountain range belonging to the lands of the Dauphiné. The Oisans offers prestigious natural resources and incredibly various landscapes. But society ignored the Oisans for centuries. People are said to be afraid of mountains, because of its height and the difficulty of getting to it. But for the Enlightenment years, altitude became a new focus of study for the scientist as much as for the philosopher. People see it with a new eye and a new mind, wanting to explore it and discover this new world. At first man interest turns to the Mont Blanc, between Switzerland and the Savoye, much impressed by the beauty and natural splendor. 1786 marked a very important date as man finally conquers the Mont Blanc. In this movement that is known as the Discovery of the Alps, in this moment of new knowledge in Europe leaves the Oisans apart from the rest of the Alps. At the end of the 18th century, the first travelers walked on these lands mainly for scientific reasons. They discovered an original and different place. In the decades that follow, the heights of the Oisans become a place of study that attracted artists and scientists, as much local ones than European ones. From the summits to villages in the clouds, artist representations of the natural heights of the Oisans are many and various and evolve throughout the century. Through travel guides, engravings, scientific rapports and travel books from many travelers, we can see the visions that these travelers have. They also give us a precious insight into the first steps of the conquest of the Oisans by society, a parallel movement to the conquest of the Mont Blanc.
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Anne-Laure Leroux. La représentation de la haute montagne entre Lumières et Romantisme : le cas atypique de l'Oisans dans la découverte des Alpes. Histoire. 2010. ⟨dumas-00537028⟩



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