Impressionism : art, leisure, and Parisian society

by Herbert, Robert L., 1929-2020

Format: Print Book 1988
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 759.4 H
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q ND550 .H47 1988
Location  CLP - Main Library
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Examines the use of cafes, opera houses, dance halls, theaters, racetracks, and the seaside in impressionist French paintings.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The social context of the impressionist movement-- a topic first addressed in T. J. Clark's The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers [BKL Mr 1 85]-- here receives a broader interpretation, as Herbert studies how the urban development of Paris in the late nineteenth century affected the lives and works of the impressionist artists. This transformation of a city and of art history is revealed through documentation of the interaction between impressionism and urban social conditions. Bringing all this background data of everyday life to the aesthetic foreground, Herbert convincingly reevaluates the credo of impressionism as it influenced both individual artists and the movement as a whole-- and further set its mark on all of modern society. Well illustrated, with an extensive series of color and black-and-white reproductions. Notes, bibliography; index. JB."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After Baron Haussmann remodeled Paris in the 1850s and '60s, the city's clear perspectivesbroad streets and vast squares, cafes and theatersbecame the raw material for paintings by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Morisot, Monet and Caillebotte. This provocative rewarding study starts with that architectural premise, then goes on to consider individual Impressionists in the context of the social forces that shaped their art. Renoir, a working-class boy who climbed out of poverty by aspiring to a life of ease, conjured up a fleshy Arcadia that reflected city-dwellers' longing for social harmony; his sin, according to Yale art-history professor Herbert, was self-delusion. Degas infused painting with caricature, unmasking upper-class hypocrisy. Picture after picture is given a fresh, often unexpected reading, and the 320 plates (two-thirds in color) are deftly interwoven with the sprightly narrative. The study is a visual and intellectual feast. BOMC alternate. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Impressionism (Art) -- France -- Paris.
Painting, French -- France -- Paris -- 19th century.
Painters -- France -- Paris -- Biography.
Leisure in art.
Amusements in art.
Paris (France) -- Biography.
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,1988
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xix, 324 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages 314-319.
ISBN 0300042620
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