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About the Author

DEBRA N. MANCOFF is Adjunct Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her publications include Monet’s Garden in Art (2001) and The Garden in Art (Merrell, 2011). She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945828
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hughes on January 2, 2013
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This volume presents fifty very well known Impressionist canvases in which clothing is an obvious feature-- either individual or small group portraits or entertainment scenes involving multiple participants. The author organizes the material around the venues where Parisians would have been likely to spend time ( "On the Street," "At Home," "On Holiday," etc.), because location was a deciding factor in determining what one would wear: what was demanded for a daytime visit was of course taboo at the opera, etc. These sections are divided by "Interludes," thumbnail sketches of aspects of the fashion industry ("The Dressmaker and the Draper," "At the Department Store," "Corsets and Crinolines," etc.). There is a good balance between commentary on the fashions depicted in the paintings and remarks on the settings, but both discussions are for the most part too general and superficial to be informative or illuminating. Occasionally there is some specific analysis of the clothing, and one can understand why a fashion historian might find the book appealing: if, for example, you want to know the difference between a "tournure" and a "strapontin," this is a place to find out (they are types of bustles). But more often we are superfluously told things like "the handsome young man [is wearing] a buff-coloured smock" (112) or "Madame Gaudibert is defined by her marvellous clothes" (60).Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peachcake on December 21, 2012
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As a fashion historian, I found this book a wonderful addition to my reference library. Beautifully illustrated with paintings by the Impressionists, the author discusses each painting, setting it in it's social and artistic context, but also describes the clothes in the painting. Her descriptions of the clothing are not overly detailed, just enough to give the reader an appropriate name for the garments and then she outlines where the wearers of the garments fit in Parisian society at the time. The author treats the history of the Impressionist painters with enough background to set the stage, but not so much that the focus on the clothing is lost.
This book enriches the enjoyment of the Impressionist paintings because it takes you to the next level to explain what is going on in the painting through the clothes worn by the individuals.
Another positive about this book is that the author treats each painting separately, so you can read about a painting or two each time you pick it up, without having to remember where you were each time you come back to it.
I recommend this book because it is well illustrated, concisely written and teaches me something that enriches my experience with the art and social history.
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