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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    There was a Time...

    There was a time when serious American artists felt the need to travel to Europe's art centers to study in order to become validated as 'well-schooled' craftsmen. During the nineteenth century this was especially true, not only for painters, but also for composers, singers, writers and those in all branches of the arts. This superb catalogue celebrates the painters from America who studied in Paris from 1860 to 1900 and in examining their work the book also shows the influence of the remarkable teachers of the time - Jean-Léon Gérôme and William Bouguereau among them - and carries us through copious reproductions of paintings through the transformation of the 'Parisian school' into the unmistakably American look. Writers Kathleen Adler, Erica E. Hirshler, H. Barbara Weinberg, David Park Curry, Rodolphe Rapetti, and Christopher Riopelle offer insights as well as succinct historical documentation of the forty-year periods that saw the emergence of Impressionism and Modernism. They ably remind us of the important Salon des Refusés and its part in the beginning of a movement that would result in a distinctly American style. The book is rich in sharing the works of John Singer Sargent, James Abbott, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and Winslow Homer, Jefferson David Chalfant, John White Alexander, William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux as well as others who were either directly or tangentially influenced by the French school. Though this book is not the first to address this period and influence it is certainly one of the better designed and catalogued of those available on the market today. For sheer pleasure of enjoying this fascinating group of painters this fine book is one of the best. Grady Harp

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