Origins of Impressionism

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This handsome publication, which accompanies a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a lively and engaging account of the artistic scene in Paris in the 1860s, the years that witnessed the beginnings of Impressionism. For the first time the interactions and relationships among the group of painters who became known as the Impressionists are examined without the overworn art historical polarities commonly evoked: academic versus avant-garde, classicist versus romantic, realist versus ...
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Overview

This handsome publication, which accompanies a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a lively and engaging account of the artistic scene in Paris in the 1860s, the years that witnessed the beginnings of Impressionism. For the first time the interactions and relationships among the group of painters who became known as the Impressionists are examined without the overworn art historical polarities commonly evoked: academic versus avant-garde, classicist versus romantic, realist versus impressionist. A host of strong personalities contributed to this history, and their style evolved into a new way of looking at the world. These artists wanted above all to give an impression of truth and to have an impact on or even to shock the public. And they wanted to measure up to or surpass their elders. This complex and rich environment is presented here - the grand old men and the young turks encounter each other, the Salon pontificates, and the new generation moves fitfully ahead, benignly but always with determination. Origins of Impressionism gives a day-by-day, year-by-year study of the genesis of an epoch-making style. Bibliographies and provenances are provided for each of the almost two hundred works in the exhibition, and there is an illustrated chronology. With more than two hundred superb colorplates, this informative survey is an essential work for both the general reader and the scholar.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870997174
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 496

Table of Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Salon of 1859 3
II History Painting 29
III The Realist Landscape 55
IV The Nude 95
V Figures in a Landscape 125
VI Still Life 149
VII Portraits and Figures 183
VIII The Impressionist Landscape 233
IX Modern Life 265
Chronology of Works in the Catalogue 295
Chronology 1859-70 299
Catalogue 327
Paul Baudry, cat. 1 328
Frederic Bazille, cats. 2-15 329
Francois Bonvin, cat. 16 339
Eugene Boudin, cats. 17, 18 339
William Bouguereau, cat. 19 341
Jules Breton, cat. 20 342
Carolus-Duran, cat. 21 343
Paul Cezanne, cats. 22-34 344
Camille Corot, cats. 35-37 354
Gustave Courbet, cats. 38-47 356
Charles-Francois Daubigny, cats. 48-50 364
Edgar Degas, cats. 51-68 367
Eugene Delacroix, cat. 69 380
Henri Fantin-Latour, cats. 70-74 381
Hippolyte Flandrin, cat. 75 384
Eugene Fromentin, cat. 76 386
Jean-Leon Gerome, cat. 77 388
Eva Gonzales, cat. 78 389
Ernest Hebert, cat. 79 389
Johann Barthold Jongkind, cats. 80, 81 391
Alphonse Legros, cat. 82 392
Edouard Manet, cats. 83-112 393
Jean-Francois Millet, cat. 113 416
Claude Monet, cats. 114-51 417
Gustave Moreau, cat. 152 442
Berthe Morisot, cat. 153 442
Camille Pissarro, cats. 154-65 443
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, cats. 166, 167 449
Auguste Renoir, cats. 168-81 451
Gustave Ricard, cat. 182 457
Theodore Rousseau, cats. 183, 184 459
Alfred Sisley, cats. 185-88 460
James Tissot, cat. 189 463
Constant Troyon, cat. 190 464
James McNeill Whistler, cats. 191-93 465
Abbreviated Bibliographic References 468
Index 474
Photograph Credits 486
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