The Chronicle of Impressionism: An Intimate Diary of the Lives and World of the Great Artists

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When Monet falls and injures his leg, young Frederic Bazille entertains the sufferer by painting his portrait in bed; when Monet is penniless and his mistress pregnant, Bazille buys a painting out of charity. But Bazille dies in the Franco-Prussian War, while Monet lives on to become a great master and to enjoy a productive and prosperous old age lasting well into the twentieth century. This story, which stretches from the 1860s to the 1920s, is just one of a vast number of intriguing narratives that weave ...
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When Monet falls and injures his leg, young Frederic Bazille entertains the sufferer by painting his portrait in bed; when Monet is penniless and his mistress pregnant, Bazille buys a painting out of charity. But Bazille dies in the Franco-Prussian War, while Monet lives on to become a great master and to enjoy a productive and prosperous old age lasting well into the twentieth century. This story, which stretches from the 1860s to the 1920s, is just one of a vast number of intriguing narratives that weave through this unique diary of the Impressionist movement. From the rise of Manet as the most controversial artist of the mid-nineteenth century to the record-breaking prices achieved at auction in the late twentieth century, the most important artistic events, exhibitions, and sales are chronicled, as are the artists' personal lives: their relationships, children, allegiances, political activities, passions, obsessions, hatreds, and quarrels. Carefully selected extracts from the artists' private letters and diaries, and from reviews and studies, allow the reader to hear the voices and opinions of the time. Contemporary historical events—political, economic, social, and cultural—are recorded in parallel with the artistic developments. A huge number of images of all kinds—paintings and drawings, photographs, posters, book jackets, letters, and even caricatures—reveal the splendor of the great masterpieces and the reality of the world in which they were created. The Chronicle of Impressionism is a complete record of the artists and their times, tracing the story of Impressionism as it unfolds. This is the one indispensable guide to the movement that,morethan any other, has shaped the path of modern painting. Over 400 illustrations, 203 in color.
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This beautifully produced diary-style survey of the history of Impressionism includes more than 400 color and b/w illustrations of paintings, photographs, drawings, and posters made between the 1860s and the 1920s. Excerpts of the artists' letters and diaries are accompanied by contemporary reviews to give the reader an in-depth understanding of the history of this still-popular art movement. Discussions of art events, exhibitions, specific works, and sales records are also provided, as are details of the artists' personal lives, including their hopes and obsessions. The chronological organization of the material, along with a detailed index, makes this an enjoyable and accessible reference volume. Also included is a biographical index of over 100 entries, complete with photographs of the artists, their models, friends, dealers, critics, and collections; maps and descriptions of significant Impressionist locales; and a chronology of western art from 1863 to the present. A detailed listing of important Impressionist collections throughout the world will be of interest to tourists and serious museum visitors alike. All of the material is presented with great clarity in an interesting and intelligent manner. This is a wonderful addition to the literature and will be of great value to any research collection KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Norton/Thames & Hudson, 288p, illus, bibliog, index, 24cm, 99-69563, $24.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Rhonda Cooper; Dir., Univ. Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500282144
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Impressionists' World 9
The Dawn of a New Style 1863-1873 23
1863 Art in Revolt 24
1864 A More Tolerant Salon 28
1865 'Olympia'--A Sensation 34
1866 A Defender Appears 38
1867 Manet's Personal Exhibition 42
1868 The Realist Impulse 48
1869 Manet Falls Foul of the Censor 54
1870 Soldiers and Exiles 62
1871 The 'Terror' of the Commune 68
1872 The Rise of Durand-Ruel 72
1873 Gathering of the Future Impressionists 78
The Exhibition Years 1874-1886 83
1874 The Birth of Impressionism: The First Impressionist Exhibition 84
1875 An Unfortunate Experiment 90
1876 Gaining Ground: The Second Impressionist Exhibition 94
1877 Financial Disaster: The Third Impressionist Exhibition 100
1878 Multiple Disappointments 108
1879 Publication of 'La Vie moderne': The Fourth Impressionist Exhibition 112
1880 Growing Dissent: The Fifth Impressionist Exhibition 116
1881 Degas Steals the Show: The Sixth Impressionist Exhibition 122
1882 Cassatt Sides with Degas: The Seventh Impressionist Exhibition 128
1883 The One-Man Shows 134
1884 The Manet Sale 138
1885 The Wider World 142
1886 The End of an Era: The Eighth Impressionist Exhibition 148
Divergent Destinies 1887-1899 155
1887 Exotic Influences 156
1888 Durand-Ruel Opens in New York 162
1889 Smaller Groupings 168
1890 'Olympia' Accepted by the State 174
1891 Success of Monet's 'Haystacks' 180
1892 Monet's Series Paintings 184
1893 Degas' Painting Shocks London 188
1894 The Caillebotte Bequest 194
1895 Monet Triumphant 200
1896 Morisot's Retrospective 206
1897 Sisley's One-Man Show 210
1898 Embracing Europe 216
1899 Sisley Dies in Poverty 222
The Impressionist Legacy 1900-Today 227
1900-1903 Recognition Arrives 228
1904-1906 The Apogee 230
1907-1910 Entering the Museums 232
1911-1913 Changing Attitudes 234
1914-1918 Successful Survival 236
1919-1924 Impressionism in a New World 238
1925-1929 Deaths and Bequests 240
1930-1939 Major Retrospectives 242
1940-1949 The Impact of War 244
1950-1959 Taking Impressionism Seriously 246
1960-1969 Impressionism in the Age of Pop 248
1970-1979 Escalating Prices 250
1980-Today The Boom Years 252
Reference Data 255
Biographical Index 256
Maps 266
Impressionist Locations 268
Art in the Western World, 1863-Today 272
Select Bibliography 276
Gazetteer of Major Impressionist Collections 278
Acknowledgments 280
List of Illustrations 281
Index 285
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