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Origins, Practice, Reception

Belinda Thomson


A highly accessible and fresh account which brings together the very latest research on this most popular of all art movements


Belinda Thomson illuminates Impressionist art through the thinking and personal lives of the artists themselves, examining the factors that allowed Impressionism to develop when it did.

In her discussion of the style and subject matter of the paintings themselves, she draws on a wide range of sources and comparative material. She investigates the family background of the Impressionists, the importance of the art market and collecting, and the influence of the critical reception to their exhibitions.

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'Full of new insights and informed by recent developments in the social history of art, it is also, to its credit, written in an eloquent and eminently readable style '
Linda Nochlin

Further Details


Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 256

Publication date: 2 October 2000

ISBN: 9780500203354

About the Author

Belinda Thomson studied at the University of East Anglia and at the Sorbonne, before taking her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute. She has published books on Gauguin, Vuillard, Post-Impressionism and Impressionism.