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Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society
     

Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society

by Robert L. Herbert
 

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ISBN-10: 0300050836

ISBN-13: 9780300050837

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Yale University Press


“Long-awaited, this full-scale revision of Impressionism immediately supersedes all other studies in the field. Herbert rejuvenates even the most famous paintings by seeing them in a dense and flexible context touching on everything from the hierarchy of theater boxes to the role of beer-hall waitresses. His mind and eye are as supple as his lucid prose, and

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“Long-awaited, this full-scale revision of Impressionism immediately supersedes all other studies in the field. Herbert rejuvenates even the most famous paintings by seeing them in a dense and flexible context touching on everything from the hierarchy of theater boxes to the role of beer-hall waitresses. His mind and eye are as supple as his lucid prose, and his command of sociological data is staggering. In this classic of art history, both art and history are triumphantly reborn.”—Robert Rosenblum, New York University
This remarkable book will transform the way we look at Impressionist art. The culmination of twenty years of research by a preeminent scholar in the field, it fundamentally revises the conventional view of the Impressionist movement and shows for the first time how it was fully integrated into the social and cultural life of the times.
Robert L. Herbert explores the themes of leisure and entertainment that dominated the great years of Impressionist painting between 1865 and 1885. Cafes, opera houses, dance halls, theaters, racetracks, and vacations by the sea were the central subjects of the majority of these paintings, and Herbert relates these pursuits to the transformation of Paris under the Second Empire.
Sumptuously illustrated with many of the most beautiful Impressionist images, both familiar and unfamiliar, this book presents provocative new interpretations of a wide range of famous masterpieces. Artists are seen to be active participants in, as well as objective witnesses to, contemporary life, and there are many profound insights into the social and cultural upheaval of the times.
“A social history of Impressionist art that is truly about the art, informed by a penetrating analysis of the ways in which its pictorial structure and qualities communicate its social content. Herbert brings that society to life, but above all he makes some of the most familiar and frequently discussed works in the history of art come wonderfully and vividly to life again.”—Theodore Reff, Columbia University
Robert L. Herbert is Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on nineteenth-century French art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300050837
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
705,472
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii(2)
List of Illustrations
ix(4)
Preface xiii(3)
Chronology. Paris and the Impressionists xvi
Chapter One. Paris Transformed
1(32)
Paris Transformed
3(9)
The End of Empire
12(2)
Les Grands Boulevards
14(6)
Gare Saint-Lazare
20(8)
Manet's Modern Paris
28(5)
Chapter Two. Impressionism and Naturalism
33(26)
The Artist as Flaneur
33(4)
Artifice and Caricature
37(6)
The Artist as Investigator
43(4)
The Artist as Observer of Domestic Manners
47(3)
Degas's Objectivity: The Artist as Stranger
50(9)
Chapter Three. Cafe and Cafe-Concert
59(34)
Offenbach and Manet
60(2)
Bohemians, Marginals, and Performers
62(3)
Cafe and Brasserie
65(7)
Brandy and Absinthe
72(6)
Cafe-Concert and Music-Hall: Women who Serve
78(3)
Cafe-Concert: Women who Perform
81(6)
Cafe-Concert: Clients and Artists
87(6)
Chapter Four. Theater, Opera, and Dance
93(48)
Spectators
96(7)
The Privileged View
103(4)
Backstage with Halevy and Degas
107(8)
Mothers and Daughters
115(4)
Dance Masters and Manikins
119(11)
Society Dances
130(2)
Popular Dances
132(9)
Chapter Five. Parks, Racetracks, and Gardens
141(54)
The Bois de Boulogne
144(8)
At the Racetrack
152(18)
Luncheons on the Grass
170(7)
Flowers and Fashion
177(9)
Renoir's Gardens
186(9)
Chapter Six. Suburban Leisure
195(70)
Railroads and Leisure
196(2)
From Village to Suburb: Asnieres
198(4)
Bougival
202(8)
The Grenouillere
210(9)
Artists' Trains and Bridges
219(10)
Sailing at Argenteuil
229(17)
Rowing and Dining at Chatou
246(8)
Artists' Gardens
254(11)
Chapter Seven. At the Seaside
265(38)
From Paris to the English Channel
268(2)
Artists and Entrepreneurs
270(4)
Manet at the Seashore
274(6)
Morisot's Vacationers
280(4)
Monet at Sainte-Adresse
284(9)
Monet at Trouville
293(6)
Epilogue: Monet at Pourville and Etretat
299(4)
Conclusion. Impressionism, Leisure, and Modern Society 303(4)
Notes 307(7)
Bibliography 314(6)
Index 320

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