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Impressionists by the Sea [Hardcover]

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Impressionists by the Sea accompanies a joyous summer exhibition of the same name at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Through some sixty popular Impressionist works, coauthor John House considers the pictorial representation of the seaside during the 19th century, when the coastline of northern France was transformed from a fishing center into a popular vacation spot.

This handsomely produced book reveals how painting developed in tandem with social and economic changes. House shows how painters initially cast the coastline in a romantic role, focusing on the evocation of the sublime force of nature and the picturesque display of local fishermen, but by the early 1860s---at the moment the resorts of Deauville and Trouville were coming into vogue---painters such as Boudin, Manet, and Monet were capturing vacationers in all their relaxed glory.


Royal Academy of Arts, London, July 7--September 30, 2007
Phillips Collection, Washington DC, October 20--July 13, 2008
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, February 9--May 11, 2008

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11" Width: 9.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Royal Academy of Arts
ISBN  1903973880  
ISBN13  9781903973882  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John House is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is the author of, among other works, "Monet: Nature into Art, "published by Yale University Press.

John House was born in 1945.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > European
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Impressionism
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Europe > France > General

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Frustrated  Jul 15, 2008
This book accompanies an exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London. The theme is limited to seascapes and beech scenes. Surprisingly enough it enables the reader to rediscover the artists through some of their best, though neglected, works. Some of the seascapes here are so loosely painted that they verge on abstraction and they show what a revolutionary painters the impressionist were. But there are another books or catalogues about the impressionist moviment far more better. I was frustrated.
Not to be missed!  Dec 8, 2007
I purchased this book because I wanted a preview of the exhibit that will run from February 9 to May 11, 2008 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.

Impressionists by the Sea is a collection of 69 paintings documenting French nineteenth-century artists' fascination with the Normandy coast. It features 14 paintings by Monet, 7 by Boudin and 5 by Courbet as well as works by Impressionists Renoir, Cassatt and Caillebotte. The focus is on the beach and sea and how artists documented its' changes from 1850 to 1890. Subject matter of the paintings vary, from depicting the power of natural forces, to the working fishing families and finally to the wealthy on holiday seeking relaxation and pleasure at the resort beaches of Trouville, Deauville, Etretat and Sainte-Adresse.

The book is excellent. It features beautiful, large color plates (one painting per page). If you want more information regarding the artwork it is easily found in the back in Catalogue Entries. There are small "thumbnail" photos of each painting with a generous amount of information.

It begins with an introduction by distinguished art historian John House and followed by an essay by David Hopkin, both enjoyable with beautiful engravings, period postcards and photographs. House points out how both writers (with their serialized fiction stories published in the newspapers) and painters (using the Normandy coast as their subject matter for paintings at the Salon) enticed Parisians to board the new railway to this idyllic destination.

The book is divided into five sections. The Public Face of the Coast features early masters such as Isabey, Breton and Jongkind who focused on the families whose livelihoods depended on the sea. In Before Impressionism Courbet, Whistler, and Millet, depicted the dramatic visuals where the sky, sea and land meet. It also includes Boudin's series of "holidaymakers" on the beaches from 1863-1865. Early Impressionism has breath-taking paintings by Manet and Monet expanding on Boudin's "holidaymakers" subject matter. In Beach Scenes at the Salon after 1870 are landscapes by Daubigny, Guillemet, Cazin, Pelouse and Sargent. Finally in Impressionism in the 1880s, are works by Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and Gauguin that have the passionate brushwork and vibrant colors as well as children on the beach as a subject matter.

This book has convinced me not to miss this exhibit this Spring!!

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