Paintings in the Musee D'Orsay

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"The Musee d'Orsay boasts the greatest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world, unparalleled in its diversity and quality. Since its opening in 1986 in a spectacularly renovated train station, the museum has welcomed more than fifty million visitors to its collection of works by Bouguereau, Courbet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Redon, Whistler, Gauguin and other artists of the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century." In this deluxe volume, the museum's director, Serge Lemoine, and his team of ...
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Overview

"The Musee d'Orsay boasts the greatest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world, unparalleled in its diversity and quality. Since its opening in 1986 in a spectacularly renovated train station, the museum has welcomed more than fifty million visitors to its collection of works by Bouguereau, Courbet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Redon, Whistler, Gauguin and other artists of the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century." In this deluxe volume, the museum's director, Serge Lemoine, and his team of curators and specialists examine this extraordinary collection, ranging from the primacy of Academic painting through the shock of Impressionism to the rise of modern art. With 830 full-colour illustrations of masterpieces by some of the world's best-loved artists - from Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles to Cezanne's Apples and Oranges - this is the definitive guide to paintings in one of the world's most popular museums.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Much of the work is familiar, and the layout is by-the-numbers for a catalogue, but having a world-class museum between two covers trumps almost all other considerations. Since its opening in 1986, Paris's Mus e d'Orsay has been as much about its infrastructure-it was created out of the shell of the Gare d'Orsay, a spectacular Left Bank rail station-as about its collection of major 19th-century masters and masterpieces. Presented in 830 color reproductions, some nearly full 9 5/8" 11 7/8" page-size, the works need not compete with the museum's decor nor fight against the odd and uncongenial galleries fitted within it; thus viewers get a new sense of the collection's range and reach. Sorbonne professor and Mus e d'Orsay director Lemoine divides the collection into six distinct periods, beginning in 1848 ("Ideal or Reality"), and moving through impressionism, history painting, "Construction and Color," pictorialism, symbolism and the many nascent movements "After 1900." Nearly 70 short essays by multiple scholars provide context for works by C zanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, Manet, Monet, Courbet, Renoir and many more, mostly French, artists. No matter how well one thinks one knows them, having them all in one place is a delight. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This luxuriously illustrated coffee-table book catalogs all the paintings in Paris's Mus e d'Orsay, which contains the world's finest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Lemoine, the museum's director and an experienced art scholar, does an admirable job of updating Robert Rosenblum's 1989 edition. Even more focused than the original volume, with well-written essays interspersed throughout, this update is worth purchasing even by libraries that already own the previous volume because of the beautiful quality of the more than 767 color plates and the subtle reorganization of the paintings into new analytical categories. For example, Pointillism is now addressed in an essay titled "Seurat: Art and Science" under the broader chapter "Construction and Color: After 1880." Lemoine lays out the paintings in chronological order and identifies major themes from each time period. This text is especially strong in linking the rise of Impressionism to the broader economic, social, and institutional systems that existed in 19th-century Europe. Strongly recommended for all libraries.-Katherine C. Adams, Bowdoin Coll. Lib., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810956087
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/8/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 507,437
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The paintings collection 7
Panorama of the fine arts : 1848-1914 10
From train station to museum 14
Ideal or reality : 1848-60 20
Between style and impression : 1860-70 122
History and the quotidian : after 1870 236
Construction and color : after 1880 384
Pictorialist and symbolist : after 1890 528
The beginnings of the twentieth century : after 1900 712
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