Book Review



Impressionism: Art,  Leisure, and Parisian Society


Robert L. Herbert


Yale University Press, New Haven, CT



Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

September, 2004


Impressionism tells the story of the birth of the impressionist movement in  France during the 1800's. It is filled with information about the artists, their works, and the society they lived in.

Get more information about Impressionism at amazon.comThis book presents impressionism from a variety of views. One view examines the art  from a chronological perspective. The author shows how the changes in French society impacted the artists, and how their art transformed French culture throughout the nineteenth century. Many of the paintings of this genre document the metamorphosis of French society and illustrate contemporary life in and around Paris. The author uses photographs when possible to show the actual places painted by the masters.

Throughout the book, the artist has included photographs of hundreds of paintings  by the masters, some of which are in private collections. Great works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Degas are liberally sprinkled amongst the text. Most of these  are in full color and some include close-up details so the reader can appreciate  the unique talents of the artists.

Any art lover will appreciate this work. An art student that desires to learn  to draw in this style will find the number and quality of paintings exhaustive.  This is an excellent view of this era of history and its impact on the art world.


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