- 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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Depths of Glory: A Biographical Novel of Camille Pisarro Paperback – September 1, 1995
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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.
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) !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed learning more about Pissarro and his contemporiesPublished 15 months ago by Glenda Payne
I wanted this book to read as I am a lover of Impressionism but was equally glad to find this was a signed copy by Irving Stone. Thanks for the bookPublished on October 14, 2013 by Patricia K Frick
Wonderful book filled with fascinating characters based on real-life figures of the Impressionist movement. I learned so much from this book.Published on August 24, 2013 by Dave Norris