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

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

by Bernard Denvir
     
 

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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

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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 over the last decade, 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 actual voices and opinions of the time, while the book's unique arrangement enables one to explore any particular subject or interest. Contemporary historical events -- political, economic, social, 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 -- more than any other -- has shaped the path of modern painting.

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KLIATT
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500282144
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.97(d)

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