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Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monetby Simon Kelly
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One of the most forward-thinking art dealers of all time, Paul Durand-Ruel (1831andndash;1922) played a crucial role in the rise of French Impressionism. This book explores how Durand-Ruel discovered, exhibited, and shaped an audience for Impressionist paintings at a time when they were not yet appreciated.
Durand-Ruel first encountered key Impressionist painters in the early 1870s and guided many of their careers for decades. A passionate advocate of the Impressionists, he established personal ties with these artists and developed new markets for them by opening branches of his Paris gallery in London, Brussels, and New York. Featuring essays by leading scholars, this handsome volume provides a biography of the man and the trajectory of his career. It also examines his relationships with artists and buyers and his groundbreaking business practices, such as embracing the idea of the solo show, publishing art reviews, and paying artists stipendsandmdash;often at great financial risk and personal cost to himself. Illustrated with archival documents, historic photographs, and paintings by artists such as Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others, this major contribution to the study of art and commerce transforms our understanding of the development of Impressionism.
A novel look at the relationship between Impressionist painting and photography and the forging of a national identityand#160;in France between 1850 and 1880
A fascinating look at the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, revealing the crucial role he played in the development of French Impressionismand#160;
This fascinating study of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel reveals the crucial role he played in the development of French Impressionism and how his groundbreaking business practices influenced the modern art market.
Between 1850 and 1880, Impressionist landscape painting and early forms of photography flourished within the arts in France. In the context of massive social and political change that also marked this era, painters and photographers composed competing visions of France as modern and industrialized or as rural and anti-modern. Impressionist France explores the resonances between landscape art and national identity as reflected in the paintings and photographs made during this period, examining and illustrating in particular the works of key artists such as andEacute;douard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, the Bisson Frandegrave;res, andEacute;douard Manet, Jean-Franandccedil;ois Millet, Claude Monet, Charles Nandegrave;gre, and Camille Pissarro. This ambitious premise focuses on the whole of France, exploring the relationship between landscape art and the notion of French nationhood across the countryandrsquo;s varied and spectacular landscapes in seven geographical sections and four scholarly essays, which provide new information regarding the production and impact of French Impressionism.
About the Author
Simon Kelly is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. April M. Watson is associate curator, photography, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
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