American Impressionism / Edition 2

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Overview

This book has long satisfied the ever-growing passion for American Impressionism. It is the definitive study of the subject, filled with information and insight garnered through many years of far-ranging research. All the masterworks are here, from Childe Hassam's sun-drenched gardens to John Twachtman's snow-silenced landscapes, from Edmund Tarbell's coolly elegant ladies in dim, luxurious parlors to Frederick Friseke's voluptuous, sun-dappled nudes. Documentary photographs of the artists and quotations from their private letters and journals complement the text and provide a vivid sense of their lives and times. The fascinating text is now updated and expanded with a new chapter discussing in detail the themes particular to the American artists of the Impressionist movement. Twenty-five new illustrations have been added, nineteen in color. Three hundred entries have been added to the bibliography, bringing it up to date with the most current research in the field.

Years in the making, this elegant and far-ranging volume has helped establish the ever-growing passion for American Impressionism and remains the most invaluable source of information on the subject. Called "the best book ever written on the subject" by Artforum, it includes reproductions of all the masterworks. 400 illustrations, 200 in color.

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Editorial Reviews

Artforum
The best book ever written on the subject.
Choice
In this magisterial presentation Gerdts examines and celebrates the art of American painters.... Highly recommended.
Library Journal
Its first edition (LJ 11/15/84) established this book as the best general source available on American Impressionism. Gerdts (emeritus, art history, CUNY) has added new illustrations as well as a chapter on themes in American Impressionism. His book covers the major artists in the movement, including expatriates working in Europe and regional schools throughout the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also compares the subject matter of American artists with that of their European counterparts. One of the many strengths of this book is Gerdts's discussion of how Impressionism was interpreted by reviewers and non-impressionist artists at various times during the movement's development in America. The documentation and indexing are both excellent, and the updated bibliography is extensive. The well-chosen illustrations include many full-page color reproductions as well as photographs of many of the artists. Recommended for academic and museum collections and for most public libraries. Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789207371
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 677,839
  • Product dimensions: 11.45 (w) x 13.34 (h) x 1.64 (d)

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