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The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro's Series Paintings Hardcover – November 25, 1992

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The catalog of an exhibition traveling to Dallas, Philadelphia, and London in 1992-93, this book considers approximately 150 paintings done by Pissarro (1830-1903) in the last decade of his life. These paintings are repeated meditations on various motifs in Paris, Rouen, Dieppe, and Le Havre. Brettell (director, Dallas Museum of Art) places Pissarro in the urban view-painting tradition, while Joachim Pissarro, a descendant of the artist, relates these pictures to the artist's development and attempts to understand his intent in painting series. Graced by beautiful plates, this book is appropriate for both lay readers and specialists.
- Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st Ed. edition (November 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300053509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300053500
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Camille Pissarro's career was a vibrant and prolific one. The artist's late work on his eleven major series paintings (Rouen, Paris, Dieppe and Le Havre) is beautifully documented and discussed in this stunning volume. We join Pissarro in 1896 as he begins to explore atmosphere and mood through a variety of lighting and weather effects on a series of selected locations. Including such works as the collection of Boulevard Montmartre views as well as the The Avenue de l'Opera, The Tuileries Gardens and The Pont-Neuf, this book is recommended to anyone who loves impressionism in general, Pissarro's work in particular or simply longs for a visit to France and the City Of Light but only has $65.00 to spend.
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This book is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name initiated by Richard Brettell in 1992 at the Dallas Museum of Art, of which he was then Director, and which subsequently travelled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. But it is much more than the exhibition catalogue, since roughly half of the paintings illustrated were not exhibited; they have been added to this volume for the sake of completeness, and that makes this into a very comprehensive survey of Pissarro's series paintings. And since about half of the paintings reproduced are in private collections or otherwise not accessible to the public, the result is a major contribution to Pissarro studies.

We are justly accustomed to thinking of Pissarro as the most rural of the Impressionist painters, the ultimate landscapist among them; indeed, it was a given for Brettell to underline that in the subtitle of a previous book, "Pissarro and Pontoise: The Painter in a Landscape" (see my review on this website). So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Pissarro was also the ultimate cityscapist among them, producing in the last decade of his life more than 300 paintings and at least as many drawings of Rouen, Paris, Dieppe and Le Havre, and in the process creating, as Brettell notes in his brief introductory essay, "the most sustained contribution to urban view painting by any great artist" since Canaletto well over a century before (xv).
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Not sure this book will even be available in a little while, but it's definitely one to check on the resale lists and grab up when you see it. For a couple of bucks I imagined the print might be cheap and the reproductions small and amusing, but unimpressive. Wrong. This book is a gem. Yale Press rarely stumbles and they didn't stumble here. I have no idea why this book is oop and ignored. There are tons of paintings on view - the smallest of the lot is a quarter page, but most are a third page or bigger. Often we are given a full view and detail, sometimes with 10x close up view so you can practically thumb the texture of the strokes. If you're getting this to study composition, you won't be disappointed. Colors are vibrant. Cropping, where necessary, is judicious and measured. Why didn't I buy this in HB?
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