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INSPIRING IMPRESSIONISM: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past by Ann Dumas,Xavier Bray
  • Author: Ann Dumas,Xavier Bray
  • Title: INSPIRING IMPRESSIONISM: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past
  • Size PDF ver: 1745 kb
  • Size ePUB ver: 1797 kb
  • Size Fb2 ver: 1587 kb
  • ISBN: 0914738577
  • ISBN13: 978-0914738572
  • Pages: 279
  • Other formats: lrf mbr lrf lrf
  • Category: Arts & Photography
  • Subcat: History and Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Rating: 4.8 of 5
  • Votes: 538
  • Publisher: Denver Art Museum; 1St Edition edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Hardcover: Here
INSPIRING IMPRESSIONISM: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past

Inspiring Impressionism explores links between Impressionists and the major European art-historical movements that came before them, demonstrating how often beneath the Impressionists’ commitment to capturing contemporary life there lay a deep exploration of the art of the past. Presenting Impressionist works by artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Bazille, Cassatt, and Cézanne alongside those of Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, and others, the book shows that while the Impressionists moved toward modernity and spontaneity, they remained conscious of and interested in the traditions, techniques, and subject matter of their predecessors.

Essays by leading scholars reveal the ways Impressionists drew inspiration from earlier artists from periods ranging from the Italian Renaissance through the early 19th-century Classical and Romantic traditions. A detailed chronology and fascinating comparisons of landscapes, portraits, nudes, still lifes, and genre paintings provide readers with new opportunities to understand the work of both the Impressionists and Old Masters.

Reviews num: (6)

This book is extremely well written, has beautiful, full color illustrations and has so much information about this exhibit. I have encouraged my students to purchase it because it is so informative and has the historical information you could find no where else.
The paintings are reproduced in wonderful detail, and large enough so that you can actually learn from studying them.
I have gone to the exhibit twice and the book was such a great introduction, knowing all the backgrounds to this exhibit was invaluable.
A large volume, 11" x 12", allows for large, clear reproduction on quality paper. I first saw it as a coffee-table book while attending a meeting, and I immediately wanted to have one. I am amazed at the quality of the reproductions, and it has 250 pages, often with only one, and sometimes two reproductions per page. The text has great insight into both the artists and the paintings. The book does not fit into many bookshelves due to its size
interesting book which seeks to demonstrate the transition from academic painting to impressionism. The illustrations are fair and the comparisons are generally valid.
This is a very special book filled with beautiful artwork. I purchased it for my mother-in-law, an artist. And she absolutely loved it. When I visit I find myself flipping through the pages. It is really so lovely. Highly recommended.
This book accompanied the exhibition at 3 locations: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Oct. 16, 2007 - Jan. 13. 2008; Denver Art Museum, Feb. 23 - May 25, 2008; and Seattle Art Museum, June 19 - Sept. 21. 2008. The exhibition was curated by Ann Dumas & Timothy J. Standring.

The essay titles, in shortened form, are 1. "The Impressionists & the Reinvention of Tradition" (62 pp.) by Ann Dumas, 2. "Impressionism & the Golden Age of Dutch Art" by Frances Suzman Jowell, 3. "The Spanish Old Masters & the French Impressionists" by Xavier Bray, 4. "Impressionism & Eighteenth-Century French Art" by Richard Rand, 5. "Impressions of Old Masters: The Landscape Tradition" by Michael Clarke, 6. "In Search of the Past: The Case of Still Life" by Lesley Stevenson, 7. "Genre: Painting without a Subject?" by John House, and 8. "Impressionist Portraiture & the Art of the Past" by John Collins.
beautiful reproductions. scholarly discussion of the artists chosen. but does not hint at the many other important impressionists. i gave it as a gift and the recipient is proud of it.

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