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When the expansion of the Cleveland Museum required the removal of many of its major works, parts of the collection were formed into a traveling exhibition. In this exhibition catalog, Channing, the museum's director of publications, and Robinson, the curator of modern European art, provide short essays tracing the development of European art from 1850 to 1950: from the impressionists, with their sensory delight in color and object, through modernism's spread to northern Europe and the British Isles. It is not the essays, however, but the 100 color plates of works by such major artists of the period as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Boudin, and Manet that capture the imagination; each plate features a description of motifs and historical context. Lying somewhere between a vanity publication and an exhibition catalog, this work, though pleasant enough, is not a necessary purchase.
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