Lasting Impressions: The Legacies of Impressionism in Contemporary Culture

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

byJesse Matz

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Impressionism captured the world's imagination in the late nineteenth century and remains with us today. Portraying the dynamic effects of modernity, impressionist artists revolutionized the arts and the wider culture. Impressionism transformed the very pattern of reality, introducing new ways to look at and think about the world and our experience of it. Its legacy has been felt in many major contributions to popular and high culture, from cubism and early cinema to the works of Zadie Smith and W. G. Sebald, from advertisements for Pepsi to the observations of Oliver Sacks and Malcolm Gladwell. Yet impressionism's persistence has also been a problem, a matter of inauthenticity, superficiality, and complicity in what is merely "impressionistic" about culture today.

Jesse Matz considers these two legacies-the positive and the negative-to explain impressionism's true contemporary significance. As Lasting Impressions moves through contemporary literature, painting, and popular culture, Matz explains how the perceptual role, cultural effects, and social implications of impressionism continue to generate meaning and foster new forms of creativity, understanding, and public engagement.

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Impressionism captured the world's imagination in the late nineteenth century and remains with us today. Portraying the dynamic effects of modernity, impressionist artists revolutionized the arts and the wider culture. Impressionism transformed the very pattern of reality, introducing new ways to look at and think about the world and ...

Jesse Matz is the William P. Rice Professor of English and Literature at Kenyon College. He is the author of The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction (2003) and Literary Impressionism and Modernist Aesthetics (2001).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231164068

ISBN - 13:9780231164061

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. First and Lasting: Histories for the Tache 2. The Impressionist Advertisement3. Photogénie from Renoir to Gance to Renoir4. The "Image of Africa" from Conrad to Achebe to Adichie5. Impressionist Fraud: Klein, Saito, Frey6. Contemporary Impressions and Kitsch Aesthetics: Kinkade/Doig7. The Pseudo-Impressionist Novel: Sebald, Tóibín, Cunningham8. Thinking Medium: The Rhetoric of Popular CognitionConclusionNotesIndex

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Lasting Impressions poses two elemental questions: what makes art relevant, and how do we know things? Matz answers these questions in this landmark study, which traces the cultural contradictions surrounding impressionism from its origins in the nineteenth century to its manifestations in the twenty-first century. Matz's capacious aesthetic history, his second study of impressionism, will be essential for scholars seeking to understand modernism's multiple legacies.