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Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception (World of Art)

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During the 1870s and 1880s, a loose group of French artists, including Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir, adopted a style of painting and subject matter that challenged the art prompted by the Academie Francaise and the Salons where "official" assumptions about the meaning of painting prevailed. What has been called "the revolutionary nature of the Impressionist enterprise" emerged from political radicalism, belief in science and individualism, and a view of art true to modern life and to immediate visual perception. In all these respects, Impressionism initiated the radical tendencies of modern art. Today the revolutionary aims of Impressionist artists are generally overlooked. Impressionist art has been marketed more successfully than any other style: the price of Impressionist paintings surpasses that of the Old Masters, exhibitions draw blockbuster crowds, and books and mass reproductions are ubiquitous. In her perceptive new survey, Belinda Thomson challenges both sentimentalized and simplistic views of Impressionism. Drawing upon recently discovered documents--critical reviews and letters between artists, writers, and dealers--she illuminates the thinking and the personal lives of the artists themselves, examining the factors and experiences that allowed Impressionism to develop when it did. She investigates the family background of the Impressionists, the importance of the art market and collecting, and the influence of the critical reception to their exhibitions. 250 illustrations, 200 in color.

Synopsis:

An accessible and thoughtful account examining the factors and experiences that allowed Impressionism to develop when and how it did. The author draws upon recently discovered documents, critical reviews and letters between artists, writers and dealers.

Synopsis:

Thompson challenges both sentimentalized and simplistic views of Impressionism, and draws upon recently discovered documents and family background investigations of the artists of the period. Illustrations.

About the Author

Belinda Thomson has published extensively within the fields of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. She has made a particular study of Paul Gauguin, with whom Van Gogh famously enjoyed a sustained artistic dialogue. Thames & Hudson has published two of her books, Gauguin and Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception, both in the World of Art Series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500203354
Author:
Thomson, Belinda
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Painting, french
Subject:
Impressionism (art)
Subject:
History - Impressionism
Subject:
Impressionism.
Subject:
Impressionism (Art) -- France.
Subject:
Painting, French -- 19th century.
Subject:
Art; impressionism
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
European
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography.Includes index.
Series:
World of Art
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.30x5.96x.78 in. 1.19 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Thames & Hudson - English 9780500203354 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An accessible and thoughtful account examining the factors and experiences that allowed Impressionism to develop when and how it did. The author draws upon recently discovered documents, critical reviews and letters between artists, writers and dealers.
"Synopsis" by , Thompson challenges both sentimentalized and simplistic views of Impressionism, and draws upon recently discovered documents and family background investigations of the artists of the period. Illustrations.
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