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Impressionism : Origins, Practice, Reception

Impressionism : Origins, Practice, Reception - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0500203354

Cover of Impressionism : Origins, Practice, Reception 00 (ISBN 978-0500203354)
ISBN13: 978-0500203354
ISBN10: 0500203350
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 2000
International: No

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Impressionism : Origins, Practice, Reception - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0500203354

Belinda Thomson

ISBN13: 978-0500203354
ISBN10: 0500203350
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Map p. 6
Introduction p. 8
Origins
Setting the Scene p. 15
The Artists of the Batignolles p. 49
Personalities and Family Histories p. 68
Towards Impressionism p. 87
Practice and Reception
The Exhibitions and Their Critical Reception p. 121
The Impressionist Subject p. 148
Questions of Style p. 189
The Impressionists and the Art Market p. 221
The End of Impressionism and Its Legacy p. 239
Postscript p. 259
Chronology p. 260
Select Bibliography p. 262
List of Illustrations p. 265
Index p. 269
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