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The Impressionists at First Hand (World of Art)

Bernard Denvir


A new edition of this classic collection of letters, critical reviews and reminiscences by Impressionist artists and their contemporaries

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The Impressionists – Monet, Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and others – are probably the most popular of all artistic schools. Their struggle to impose a new vision is one of the most absorbing in the whole history of art. With imagination and insight, art historian Bernard Denvir brings Impressionism into focus by showing it through the eyes of the artists themselves and their contemporaries, against the background of the time.

Through letters, critical reviews, statements and reminiscences – whether explosive or appreciative, blinkered or perceptive – of the people who were there, the story of this ground-breaking art movement comes alive. This was the age of innovation, political liberalization, emergent photography and modern ideas about perception. The Impressionists had new ways of painting, but they also had a new world to paint.

This revised edition now features full colour reproductions of art throughout and an updated bibliography.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 280 pp

Illustrations: 178

Publication date: 7 September 2023

ISBN: 9780500297322

Contents List

Documents 1855–1871
Impressionist colour Documents
1. 1871–1873
2. 1874–1876
3. 1877–1881
4. 1882–1885
5. 1886–1894
6. 1895–1920
Bibliographical note
List of illustrations

About the Author

Bernard Denvir was a distinguished art critic, art historian and writer. He was head of the Department of Art History at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, a member of the Council for Academic Awards, and for several years President of the British section of the International Association of Art Critics. He wrote widely on art, including books on Chardin, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism.