|About the Book|
In 1874, a group of young artists, in opposition to the established authority of the Salon and the Academy, decided to show their work directly to the public. The core of this artists group--Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, andMoreIn 1874, a group of young artists, in opposition to the established authority of the Salon and the Academy, decided to show their work directly to the public. The core of this artists group--Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, and Morisot--came to be known as the Impressionists. This exhibition became known as the first coherent organic and consciously avant-garde movement in the history of modern art. Impressionism presented artists with a multitude of new possibilities. It positioned artists as spectators as well as the creators of their paintings. The essence of this movement was to capture the nature of things as personal expression--unplanned and without reservation--leaving behind the traditions of classical painting. This emphasis on freshness, improvisation, and immediacy was achieved by painting sequences of bold color brush strokes to define the boundaries of the subject. This plunge into the unknown, to paint the world with an emotional fervor as individualistic as the artist himself, was one of the new potentialities Impressionism offered. It was what painting could be. Relive this passionate journey through the words of the artists themselves in this monumental collection of letters and recorded comments by such masters as Monet, van Gogh, Manet, Renoir, and others, as well as selections by such notable contemporaries as Baudelaire, Zola, Val ry, Laforgue, and Proust. The book also includes art criticism in the writings of artists such as Kandinsky, Masson, Matisse, Bataille, Klee, and Hofmann as well as recent critics, philosophers, and art historians Meyer Schapiro, Gaston Bachelard, Clement Greenberg, Lawrence Gowing, and others. Accompanying the text are 235 color plates of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, and 242 black and white reproductions of historical photographs, original documents, contemporary cartoons, prints, and drawings. Color and black-and-white illustrations. Originally published in two volumes for $150.00.