Impressionism

Impressionism

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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 but important Impressionists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Gustave Caillebotte.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 160 x 220 x 25mm | 635.03g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 239 colour and 31 b&w illustrations, glossary, map, index
  • 0714838268
  • 9780714838267
  • 476,135

Table of contents

Introduction - a spectacle of modern pleasures; the names of impressionism - modernity and form; the artist as subject - the Paris of Edouard Manet; naturalism in Plein-Air; Claude Monet's landscapes of leisure; places, people and traditions - Bazille, Pissarro and Renoir; choreography and science - performances by Edgar Degas; feminine and masculine - Morisot, Cassatt and Caillebotte; opposition or complicity? Impressionism and political power; reassessment and renewal - the neo-impressionist critique; mseries and originals - commerce and creativity; towards an aftermath - Paul Cezanne's modernism; other media, other places - legacies of impressionism.
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Review Text

"There is nothing like James Rubin's Impressionism... No other existing book covers all its aspects from so many diverse angles, in such a readable fashion... As a potential college course textbook, this one beats the rest."—Carol Armstrong, Department of Art History, Princeton University



"A superbly insightful book that provides an original and much needed synthesis of years of Impressionist scholarship."—Nina Kallmyer, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware



"A masterly sythesis of the new research surrounding the study of Impressionism. For all its conceptual sophistication, Rubin's book also provides numerous examples of precise and beautifully nuanced formal analyses of paintings. Highest recommendation."—Choice



On the Art & Ideas series



"Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing."—Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London



"The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods... I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools."—Joachim Pissarro, Yale University



"Phaidon's series may prove to be the pick of the crop. It boasts expert but undogmatic texts and a wealth of illustrations."—The Sunday Telegraph
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"There is nothing like James Rubin's Impressionism... No other existing book covers all its aspects from so many diverse angles, in such a readable fashion... As a potential college course textbook, this one beats the rest."-Carol Armstrong, Department of Art History, Princeton University "A superbly insightful book that provides an original and much needed synthesis of years of Impressionist scholarship."-Nina Kallmyer, Professor of Art History, University of Delaware "A masterly sythesis of the new research surrounding the study of Impressionism. For all its conceptual sophistication, Rubin's book also provides numerous examples of precise and beautifully nuanced formal analyses of paintings. Highest recommendation."-Choice On the Art & Ideas series "Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing."-Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London "The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods... I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools."-Joachim Pissarro, Yale University "Phaidon's series may prove to be the pick of the crop. It boasts expert but undogmatic texts and a wealth of illustrations."-The Sunday Telegraph
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About James H. Rubin

James H Rubin is Professor of Art History at Stony Brook, State University of New York, and also teaches at the Cooper Union in New York City. His books include Impressionism, Realism and Social Vision in Courbet and Proudhon and Manet's Silence and the Poetics of Bouquets, and, in the Art & Ideas series, Courbet.
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