The Private Lives Of The Impressionists

The Private Lives Of The Impressionists

 
 
 
 
 
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The Private Lives Of The Impressionists is a vivid, intimate, evocative exploration of the hidden personal lives of the great Impressionist painters: Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Renoir, Sisley, Berthe Moriost and Mary Cassatt.

Their contemporaries branded them as lunatics, but today this is a roll-call of great artists, whose paintings evoke a unique atmosphere of harmony: languid landscapes flooded with light, shop-workers dancing on their day off, bars and gas-lit streets, the sunlit beach at Trouville. We all know these dazzling pictures – but how well do we know the Impressionists as people?This book tells their story.

In a vivid and moving narrative, The Private Lives Of The Impressionists shows how the early leaders of the group first met in the Paris studios and lived and worked closely together for nearly twenty years. Painting outdoors, meeting in cafes, they supported each other and shared emotional and financial difficulties. Defying the hide-bound rules of the salon, they staged joint exhibitions and rebelled against artistic prejudice, moral tyranny and social hierarchy. Often rejected by their horrified parents, they led volatile and precarious lives: their wives were servants, models, flower-sellers and, although their paintings today sell for millions, they were barely able to support their families.

This intimate, colourful, superbly researched account takes us into their homes as well as their studios and describes their love affairs and arguments, heartaches and dreams as well as their canvases and theories. Over the years there were divisions and rows, but in the end this constellation of talent shone through, giving the world a new, exhilarating form of art.

Product Code 1011173
ISBN 9780099458340
author Sue Roe
Format Paperback
GTIN 9780099458340
Pages 352
Published 2007
publisher Random House
Dimensions 13 X 19.4 X 2.6 cm
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