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Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige Hardcover – April 19, 2003


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It may seem eccentric to gather together paintings according to the season they depict, but this large, handsome volume will make readers wonder why no one thought of it before. Winter is different from the other three seasons, with its extraordinary range of color and light--from subtle grays and pinks to deep blues and yellows--and the distinct absence of that difficult color, green. This book, the catalog of an exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is a collection of more than 60 large color plates of impressionist paintings. They form a surprising group that presents each painting--even if it is already familiar--in a new way. The paintings are beautiful--Monet's Magpie soaking up the sun as he sits on a fence gate; Caillebotte's lacy iron balcony railing overlooking the Mansard roofs of Paris; Renoir's black-cloaked ice skaters in the Bois de Boulogne--but in this frigid season, the impressionists' penchant for working outdoors is arguably what is most impressive. In the introductory essay, Charles S. Moffett, the former director of the Phillips, deftly traces the artistic history of snow imagery from the Limbourg brothers' Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry through Dutch 17th-century snowscapes, Caspar David Friedrich, and Claude Monet "and a few others," as he wryly quotes another historian's "nod" to the impressionists. There are three other essays--on Monet, Pissarro, and Sisley--by three other scholars, as well as lengthy, readable captions filled with quotes from the artists and discussions of their influences. --Peggy Moorman

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This intriguing, beautifully produced volume accompanies an exhibition of the same title currently at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and then moving to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Four major essays by Impressionist scholars trace the manner in which winter weather and light, or "snow effect," were handled by important artists of the period, especially Monet, Pissarro, and Sisley. Briefer essays accompanying the catalog proper also discuss the winter scenes of Renoir, Caillebotte, and Gauguin. While all the essays are excellent, Moffett, former director of the Phillips Collection, does a particularly fine job of placing the snowscapes of the Impressionists in historical perspective, dating back to the work of the 15th-century Limbourg Brothers. This is a refreshing glimpse of one of the most heavily researched periods in modern art. Highly recommended for most collections.?P. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers; First Edition edition (April 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856674958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856674952
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT SEXTON on April 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
i saw this show in san francisco, and, as an artist, i was moved to silent reverie. the works are astonishing! whoever asssembled them deserves the thanks of anyone who has known the cold, stark beauty of winter and kept its memory in their souls. the artists who captured these moments in time are unmatched in contemporary painting. simply, i thank god for their lives and work. as one who still believes in the power of beauty upon the human spirit, i walked away from this show elevated and in awe. most particularly, i was enveloped by the works of gustave caillebotte --- so little known in america; so wondrous in the realization of his vision and his time. this show is serene. and this book comes close to reflecting its essence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By :) on February 24, 2000
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Add this gem to your art book collection. As a screen printer, I have been increasingly seduced by the "winter palette". This wonderful volume compiles the best of the Impressionists as they, too, came to appreciate and explore the unique light, the effects of the weather, the shapes of hibernating nature, the muted hues, and the brooding melancholy of Effets de Neige.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith-Peter on July 28, 2012
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What a great book this is. Usually when we think of Impressionists we think of summer, but as this book shows, they painted in winter, and great paintings too.

The book begins with scholarly, well-written essays on Monet and Japanese influence on him, Pissarro, and Sisley, then comes the catalog with paintings by all of them as well as a few by Renoir and my favorite lesser-known impressionist, Gustave Caillebotte, as well as Gauguin. An especially nifty feature is a chronology of winter weather and pictures of it in the newspapers of the time. This makes the book part of climate history as well as art history.

The quality of the reproductions is excellent and the concept is really interesting. If you like the Impressionists, take a walk on the winter side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margery bernstein on August 26, 2013
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I have given this as a gift to several people. The book's art selections are outstanding for those of us who love winter and the impressionists both.
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