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Preview — The Private Lives Of The Impressionists by Sue Roe
The Private Lives Of The Impressionists
Though they were often ridiculed or ignored by their contemporaries, today astonishing sums are paid for their paintings. Their dazzling works are familiar to even the most casual art lovers—but how well does the world know the Impressionists as people?
Sue Roe's colorful, lively, poignant, and superbly researched biography, The Private Lives of the Impressionists, follows...more
I loved Susan Vreeland's novel, Luncheon of the Boating Party and after seeing the DeYoung exhibit Impressionists on ...more
There are not many words that can describe it, but more emotions and feelings, the story of the impressionists is told so lively, you get to feel their souls and thoughts so well. I've never heard of Sue Roe before, but her narrative qualities make this book a pure treasure for all history and art lovers. It's so much more than a history book, but nevertheless ...more
The title of the book might sound a misnomer to some as the reticent author doesn't divulge in what would seem to be scandalous today (i.e. Manet's death of syphilis, Monet's wife-swapping, Degas' observational nude sketches of prepubescent ballerinas). Rather the scandal is the expir ...more
What makes this book different for me is the articulation of the various relationships between the different painters. So often books about the Impressionists tend to list them as individuals and comment on their works in th ...more
I read this while I was in Paris visiting many museums where many discussed works hang, whic ...more
Most people don't mind viewing a bit of artwork now and
then, but suggest the idea of reading 'art history' and
most folks would rather get shot in the leg.
'Priviate Lives' however reads like an enjoyable novel,
in fact it was so readable I had to check to ensure it
really was a non-fiction work.
The story follows the various characters who eventually
are known as 'The Impressionists', intially a derisive
term, from their scruffy, unknown beginnings in a rundown
Paris seemingly flooded with want-t ...more
I will say it was cool to read about things that happened in the streets of Paris as it was evolving as a city (and the impact those changes had on the art world). Having taken a recent trip to France, it m ...more