Art and Ideas: Impressionism

Art and Ideas: Impressionism by James H Rubin
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ISBN
9780714838267
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
447
Dimensions
156 x 220mm
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Celebrations of city streets, tranquil vistas of the countryside and seashore, enchanting images of the leisured classes in domestic interiors or at fashionable cafes - Impressionist paintings give pleasure to art lovers everywhere. But while Impressionism today may appear "natural" and effortless, contemporaries were shocked by the loose handling of paint and the practice of painting out-of-doors. In defiance of the official Salon, the Impressionists created an art that reflected modern life and captured the immediacy of the fleeting moment.

James Rubin brings together the most recent research to provide a fascinating, comprehensive study of Impressionism. He makes accessible the philosophical, political and social background to the movement, from Baudelaire's conception of the painter of modern life to the effect of tourism on Monet's choice of motif, the burgeoning art market, and the impact of nineteenth-century notions about gender, race and criminaltiy on the work of Degas. As well as the acknowledge masters, our attention is drawn to important, lesser known Impressionists, including Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, who thrived in a milieu in which only the most talented women could succeed. Rubin also examines the work of Cezanne and his relationship to the group. Finally, the book explores the legacy of Impressionism and its enduring appeal.

Includes colour and black-and-white illustrations.
ISBN:
9780714838267
Publication Date:
01 / 06 / 2014
Pages:
447
Dimensions:
156 x 220mm

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