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Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890

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The "point" of Impressionist art was to capture the fleeting moment, the transient effect of a certain place, person or time. Impressionist artists worked on site with speed and directness, hoping to distinguish their works with a new freshness, immediacy, and truthfulness. Yet the paintings they exhibited were in fact almost always completed in the studio later. This beautifully illustrated book investigates for the first time works that might truly be called Impressions -- paintings that appear to be rapid transcriptions of shifting subjects but were nonetheless considered finished by their makers. Renowned Impressionist scholar Richard R. Brettell identifies and discusses Impressions by some of the best-known artists of the period, including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Morisot, Degas, Pissarro, and Caillebotte.
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Author: Dr. Richard R. Brettell

Language: English

Edition:

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Yale University Press

Release Date: 2000-12-11

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0300084471

ISBN13: 9780300084474