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Depths of Glory: A Biographical Novel of Camille Pisarro Paperback – September 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452275016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452275010
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
A fascinating portrayal of Camille Pissarro. I knew little about this genius before reading this book and afterwords I felt as though I were an expert in impressionism. One of the best books Ive ever read!
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Of the three books about artists by Irving Stone, this was my favorite (and Pissaro is my favorite artist as well). Stone kept me interested through-out.
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This book made me understand the real struggles all impressionist artists had to live with to have their work accepted by the people, and how much they helped each other in their time of need. The author has brought real-life meaning to a story told many times! Brilliantly written. I enjoyed once again his hard facts and real characters. Irving Stone definitely is a master.
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This is another good book by Irving Stone, who also gave us Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy and Van Gogh in Lust for Life, both of which were made into major movies a half-century ago. The movies were good and had great actors, but the books were even better. This book would make a pretty good movie too, probably a psychological drama.

Stone's books are a chance to see great artists up close and behind the scenes. Since he is doing historical fiction, Stone takes you right into Pissaro's home and right up to his canvas as he is working, and right into his conversations with Monet, Renoir, and the rest at the local pubs. You are even in his head as he creates his art, which is a bit risky, but seems to work. You are there at the birth of Impressionism. It was exciting, at least for me, to get close to these legends.

Surprisingly, it was Pissaro who was the prime mover for the Impressionists exhibitions as a means to expose and educate the hostile audience of that day. The word Impressionism was like a dirty word in those days when the public only wanted clearly executed, classical or romantic paintings of such artists as Delacroix or Courbet. It's really hard to imagine today what made the critics and the public so angry in those days. Was it a bad idea to be innovative? Was it worth almost rioting over? What was the deal with being creative or a little different with your expression?

Organizing anything among this wild group of Impressionist bohemians was almost miraculous, but Pissaro possessed exceptional people skills (always a rare quality, then as now) that made it happen. It is very unlikely that anyone else at the time could have done it. At the same time he and his family were living hand-to-mouth, and you have to wonder how his wife put up with him (just barely, I think).

Almost a century after his time, Pissaro finally gets his due, at least in this book.
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I thought the first 200 pages were very interesting & so would recommend reading them to anyone with an interest in Impressionism or art in general. However after awhile it was about each year's entry into the Salon, etc. Maybe it takes being a bit unbalanced like Van Gogh to support such a long bio; or greater changes in circumstances, like the one about Jesse Fremont.
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I got this book for a friend who was studying English literature and had this book in some course. He tried finding it on all book store but with no luck. Then i decided to check on Amazon and found a few used ones. I was a bit skeptical about the quality of the old book (although the description mentioned good condition). After some thought, I ordered it and got it within 4 days !!!

I was surprised to see that the book was in decent condition and was exactly as described by the seller !!

I wont hesitate a single bit in ordering more used books from this seller (Quality Bargain Mall) !!!
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Depths of Glory gave an interesting perspective on the lives of Pissarro and other Impressionists. Makes one understand the "starving artist" viewpoint and what drives them with passion to pursue making art. It should make a person appreciate a museum visit more.
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I highly recommend this novel. Well written, engrossing, yet very informative about the impressionist artists. A good read and you feel more knowledgeable when you're done.
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