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Phaidon Edition: French Impressionists - Fifty Pictures in Full Color with an introduction by Clive Bell

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BOOK INFO -

Phaidon Edition: French Impressionists - Fifty Pictures in Full Color with an introduction by Clive Bell.

Published by Phaidon in 1952.

Hardcover.

SIZE -

9.1 x 12.2 x .4 inches

CONDITION -

Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Quite a bit of wear to the dust jacket - stains / rips / tears / fading.

Has a bit of a musty smell.

Name written on front endpapers. Also a pencil scribble. Some underlining in pencil.

FROM THE DUST JACKET FLAPS -

Fifty masterpieces - portraits / still-lifes / genre scenes /landscapes - by the seven great French Impressionist painters: Manet, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir. Reproduced in the colors of the originals.

FROM THE BACK COVER -

When Monet first turned to painting pictures bathed in light and air, his academic opponents quickly realized that here was the beginning of a revolution in art--a doctrine proclaimed, not in abstract theories, but in vivacious and fascinating paintings. The 'Impressionist' movement, initiated and perfected by Monet and his friends, substituted 'plein-air' painting for the traditional studio production; a new, vigorously heightened naturalism strove to fix on canvas the fleeting phenomena of the moment.

It was in this spirit, so Parisian in its essence, that Monet, Pissarro and Sisley painted their landscapes, figure groups and portraits; Renoir has colour symphonies, no matter whether he chose to represent a bunch of roses or a female nude; Degas his sophisticated excerpts from modern life, and Cezanne his severe compositions, in which impressionism was little more than the starting-point of a monumental style.

The Impressionists conceived nature, not as a structure of lines and surfaces in connection with local colours, but as a purely chromatic phenomenon, the most delicate modulations of which had to be reproduced if the artist wished to do justice to his subject. From this it follows that monochrome reproductions cannot bring out the essential features of such works, which, despite all the difficulties involved, must be reproduced in color if the illustrations are to convey the spirit and beauty of the originals. The fifty colored plates in the present volume show the chief works of the seven pioneers of modern painting.

Phaidon Edition: French Impressionists - Fifty Pictures in Full Color with an introduction by Clive Bell


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