Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past


Edited by Ann Dumas; With Xavier Bray, Michael Clarke, John Collins, Angelica Daneo, John House, Frances Suzman Jowell, Richard Rand, and Lesley Stevenson

Inspiring Impressionism explores links between Impressionists and the major European art-historical movements that came before them, demonstrating how often beneath the Impressionists’ commitment to capturing contemporary life there lay a deep exploration of the art of the past. Presenting Impressionist works by artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Bazille, Cassatt, and Cézanne alongside those of Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, and others, the book shows that while the Impressionists moved toward modernity and spontaneity, they remained conscious of and interested in the traditions, techniques, and subject matter of their predecessors.

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