The Treasures of the Impressionists

Overview

No other movement has had as great an impact on art in the last 200 years, nor been as popular with museumgoers, as the Impressionists. This breathtaking volume—filled with fabulous facsimile artifacts, including letters, reviews, posters, preliminary sketches, palette lists, and more—looks at the journey these great painters endured to establish themselves in the art world. It places the art in its historical context, analyzes the predominant techniques, focuses on the major painters and on the female ...
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Overview

No other movement has had as great an impact on art in the last 200 years, nor been as popular with museumgoers, as the Impressionists. This breathtaking volume—filled with fabulous facsimile artifacts, including letters, reviews, posters, preliminary sketches, palette lists, and more—looks at the journey these great painters endured to establish themselves in the art world. It places the art in its historical context, analyzes the predominant techniques, focuses on the major painters and on the female Impressionists, explains how their work influenced later generations, and even reveals the artists' loves and personal battles.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Kear (history & theory of art, Univ. of Kent) has used an original tack in a crowded field to convey the history of impressionism by including 30 facsimile documents and reproductions tucked into pockets of the book. This brief but comprehensive history covers much ground at an advanced level in few pages, featuring all of the usual suspects—Manet, Morisot, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, and more, as well as the city of Paris and its environs in the mid- to late 19th century. The layout makes use of vignettes, with about 200 color illustrations and lengthy captions. Why certain documents were chosen for facsimile is not always clear, but one of the most historic is a checklist catalog reproduced in full of the original impressionists' exhibition in 1874. Location for many of the works of art would have been a nice feature. VERDICT Because of the removable documents, the book is impractical for lending libraries; however, this slipcased volume would make an educational gift for students or individuals interested in discovering the impressionists.—Ellen Bates, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780233003993
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Pages: 64

Meet the Author


Dr. Jonathan Kear is a lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent. He is the author of Sunless (Flicks Books, 1999), a study of the French filmmaker Chris Marker, and has also published widely on various aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century painting, literature, popular culture, and photography.
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