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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714838267
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 913,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Spectacle of Modern Pleasures 4
1 The Names of Impressionism: Modernity and Form 7
2 The Artist as Subject: The Paris of Edouard Manet 49
3 Naturalism in Plein-air: Claude Monet's Landscapes of Leisure 91
4 Places, People and Traditions: Bazille, Pissarro and Renoir 133
5 Choreography and Science: Performances by Edgar Degas 177
6 Feminine and Masculine: Morisot, Cassatt and Caillebotte 219
7 Opposition or Complicity? Impressionism and Political Power 263
8 Reassessment and Renewal: The Neo-Impressionist Critique 293
9 Commerce and Creativity: Series and Originals 329
10 Towards an Aftermath: Paul Cezanne's Modernism 363
11 Other Media, Other places: Legacies of Impressionism 403
Glossary 426
Brief Biographies 428
Key Dates 433
Map 437
Further Reading 438
Index 441
Acknowledgements 446
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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    As a newbie to the field of serious art history, this book did a good job with its overview of Impressionism. The painting selections were brilliant, covering the basics and then delving deeper to clarify certain ideals and aspirations of the painters. I may just be used to reading purely historical (as opposed to art historical) texts, but the book kind of glossed over the historical era, mentioning events that would surely have influenced artists, but never quite pulling it all together. For example, the Paris Commune is mentioned quite frequently as an historical bookmark, but you never really get the sense of how divisive it was for society, and how that would have effected creativity. I would have enjoyed a deeper look at the various groups the artists formed for themselves. However, the book does lend a coherent sense of the painters as people and of their creative processes. <BR/><BR/>I really enjoyed reading this, and appreciated that the author took care to exclude too many footnotes. I will also be making use of the bibliography. The author is a clear writer, and has a talent for taking even a novice into the depths of art historical terminology.

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