Impressionism A & I by James Henry RubinImpressionism A & I by James Henry Rubin

Impressionism A & I

byJames Henry Rubin

Paperback | July 20, 1999

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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 Parisian cafes -- the work of the Impressionists gives 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 conservative official Salon, the Impressionists -- led by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas -- sought to capture the immediacy of experience.

This fascinating, comprehensive study brings together the most recent research on Impressionism. James Rubin makes accessible its philosophical, political and social context. As well as the acknowledged masters, our attention is drawn to lesser known Impressionists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Gustave Caillebotte.

Title:Impressionism A & IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.75 × 6.38 × 1 inPublished:July 20, 1999Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714838268

ISBN - 13:9780714838267

Appropriate for ages: 13

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The idea behind Impressionism was to capture a single moment of life through a hasty, rough sketch, or an ‘impression.’ Though the works of artists like Renoir, Monet and Degas seem quiet and peaceful when viewed by today’s audience, in their own time, they were seen as a defiant and outrageous departure from the accepted art form. Impressionism places this movement in its social, political and philosophical contexts. James H. Rubin’s thoughtful work explores issues such as the influence of photography on painting, the growing art market and ideas of gender and race. Highlighted by more than 200 colour illustrations of the artworks, this book offers a fresh look at the work of both famous and lesser-known Impressionist painters.