Sister Wendy's Impressionist Masterpieces

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A beautiful anthology of Impressionist paintings by a dazzling roll-call of artists. One of the world's best-loved art historians, Sister Wendy Beckett combines her deep knowledge of art history with her unique powers of observation to create a personal anthology of over 50 Impressionist masterpieces. Led by visionary artists such as Manet, Monet, and Pissarro, the Impressionists sought to capture the brilliant colors of nature and the ever-changing effects of light on a scene. Sister Wendy invites us to immerse ...
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A beautiful anthology of Impressionist paintings by a dazzling roll-call of artists. One of the world's best-loved art historians, Sister Wendy Beckett combines her deep knowledge of art history with her unique powers of observation to create a personal anthology of over 50 Impressionist masterpieces. Led by visionary artists such as Manet, Monet, and Pissarro, the Impressionists sought to capture the brilliant colors of nature and the ever-changing effects of light on a scene. Sister Wendy invites us to immerse ourselves in the colorful, energizing , and revolutionary paintings of this late 19th-century movement. Gallery of Great Artists: From Bonnard and Cezanne to Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard, all the artists are presented alphabetically, and each is represented by one or two key works. Here you will find the leading French Impressionists including Degas, Renoir, and Signac. Also represented are Singer Sarget, and Whistler, American artists who trained in Paris and knew and worked alongside the Impressionists. Sister Wendy also includes Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, female Impressionists whose paintings captured the intimacy of domestic life. Sister Wendy invites us to take a fresh look at Impressionism. Seen through her eyes, each of the paintings in her wide-ranging selection weaves its magic around you when you follow her lead.
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Claude Monet. Georges Seurat. Mary Cassatt. These are just some of the spectacular Impressionist painters whose work is examined in Sister Wendy's Impressionist Masterpieces. In this captivating volume, the host of the popular PBS art series chooses the best of the best, offering her own keen insight into what makes 19th-century Impressionism the best-loved art movement today.
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In the nun's simple language, the most arcane paintings suddenly seem to convey real stories. (The New York Times)
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In this engaging oversize (10.5x12<">) book, art historian Sister Wendy, popular for her pithy and accessible commentary, presents 50 paintings representing 19th-century Impressionists. Most artists are represented with two works<-->one full page and one smaller. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789463067
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 12.34 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in England, Sister Wendy Beckett entered the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of Notre Dame at the age of 16. After her novitiate, she graduated with highest honors from Oxford University. Utilizing her degree in English literature, she moved to South Africa to become a teacher and, later, university lecturer. She was Reverend Mother of her convent when she was stricken with epilepsy. Granting her wish to lead a less hectic life, her order allowed Sister Wendy to return to England to live in seclusion under the protection of the Carmelite Order. From her cloister, Sister Wendy led a life of contemplation and prayer, taking on translation projects to pay the bills. After completing a five-volume collection of translated medieval Latin sermons, she asked to study art with the idea of producing a book which would help bring in some money to the Order. She began her study with library books and postcards of art works donated by various museums, eventually publishing a book of art history. A BBC producer stumbled across her writing and thought her "bizarre wit and contemplative insights" would come across well on television. She was invited to be the art critic for a documentary on London's National Gallery. In Sister Wendy's words, "...from that wretched book, it was downhill all the way." Sister Wendy's Odyssey proved to be a smash hit. There followed a journey to Europe's finest galleries in Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Finally, her magnum opus, Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, and her companion art book caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. She has since written more than a dozen books on art, prayer, love, and meditation. Sister Wendy currently lives in a trailer on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery in Norfolk, England, where she continues to live a secluded and disciplined life of prayer and contemplation in which art plays a major role.
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Table of Contents

Impressionist Masterpieces arranged alphabetically by artist
from Bonnard to Whistler 6 - 93
Bonnard Nude in Bathtub 6 - 7
Bonnard The Almond Tree in Blossom 8 - 9
Boudin Approaching Storm 10 - 11
Boudin The Beach at Tourgeville-les-Sablons 12 - 13
Caillebotte Rue de Paris, Wet Weather 14 - 15
Caillebotte Self Portrait 16 - 17
Cassatt Girl Arranging her Hair 18
Cassatt Mother About to Wash her Sleepy Child 19
Cèzanne The Large Bathers 20 - 21
Cèzanne Still Life with Apples and Oranges 22 - 23
Cox The Challenge 24 - 25
Degas The Tub 26 - 27
Degas Melancholy 28 - 29
Gauguin Nevermore 30 - 31
Gauguin The Meal 32 - 33
Van Gogh Peach Blossom in the Crau 34 - 35
Van Gogh Self Portrait 36 - 37
Manet Olympia 40 - 41
Manet The Fifer 42 - 43
Monet The Petit Bras of the Seine at Argenteuil 44 - 45
Monet TheJapanese Bridge 46 - 47
Morisot The Harbor at Lorient 48 - 49
Morisot The Dining Room 50 - 51
Munch The Sick Child 52 - 53
Pissarro The Climbing Path, L'Hermitage, Pontoise 54 - 55
Pissarro View from Louveciennes 56 - 57
Renoir The Gust of Wind 58 - 59
Renoir The Parisienne 60 - 61
Sargent The Daughters of Edward D. Boit 62
Sargent Mrs Edward D. Boit 63
Seurat La Grande Jatte 64 - 65
Seurat Port of Gravelines Channel 66 - 67
Sickert La Hollandaise 68
Sickert The Raising of Lazarus 69
Signac Gas Tanks at Clichy 70 - 71
Signac Port of Concarneau 72 - 73
Sisley Women Going to the Woods 74 - 75
Sisley Floods al Port Marly 76 - 77
Steer Girls Running, Walberswick Pier 78 - 79
Toulouse-Lautrec The Clown Chau-U-Kao 80 - 81
Toulouse-Lautrec Woman Lying on her Back 82 - 83
Tuke Girl with a Pitcher 84 - 85
Vuillard Portrait of Théodore Duret 86 - 87
Vuillard Mother and Child 88 - 89
Whistler Harmony in Gray and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander 90 - 91
Whistler Nocturne: Blue and Gold 92 - 93
Directory of Museums and Galleries, Index and Acknowledgments..94 - 96
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