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Impressionist Quartet: The Intimate Genius of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt

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Impressionist Quartet draws us into the inner lives of a core group of mid-nineteenth-century artists-Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Berthe Morisot-known, collectively, as the "Impressionists." Derided by critics, sneered at by contemporaries, their work sold for pittances. They were either marginalized or dismissed altogether by the French art establishment ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paul
Jan 23, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok
A very secondary book. I'd hoped to learn more about the relationships between Manet & Morisot, and especially Cassatt and Degas...but there is little here that I haven't found presented elsewhere, and in far less tedious terms.

For a book on four painters, there is a notable lack of reproduced paintings, and those paintings that are reproduced are in black and white, stealing the Impressionist vitality.

Moreover, the author is forever verbally describing paintings, and at length. What tediu
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Lisa
Jun 28, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
This reads like a bore of a history book without any new value to more interesting descriptions of these four artists. It is mostly tedious descriptions of famous paintings. It would have been best to provide links to the works so the aesthetics are left to the reader freeing the author to discuss the context. The background research is limited but perhaps that reflects the ambitious plan to cover all four artists in a single book. But in fact, really only Manet and Degas are covered. Only one-t ...more
James
May 04, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-biography
Meyers is an accomplished scholar, biographer and editor, with highly regarded studies of Katherine Mansfield, Somerset Maugham, D.H. Lawrence and other literary lions to his credit. Writing about the impressionists is a perfect match for his talents because of the intimate relationship of art and letters in the late 19th century.
In his four-subject biography Meyers illuminates the intimacies of Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. Their private ordeals and inner demons a
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Jessica Thomson
Nov 14, 2008 Jessica Thomson rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
I dislike authors that insist of describing works of art in detail and not illustrating the work. Because of this I only made it to chapter 5 and then gave up.
Jonas Ortega
Nov 21, 2012 Jonas Ortega rated it it was amazing
If you like the Impressionists, you'll love this book. Written on the person from a human and not artistic perspective.
Judy
Feb 13, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
Wonderful profiles of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt. I absolutely fell in love with Manet.
Randine
Oct 18, 2010 Randine rated it it was amazing
Super good biographies on 4 of my favorite artists.
Jim
Feb 22, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
learned more about Manet IN 1st 10 pages than ever knew
Mike Mik
Dec 23, 2010 Mike Mik rated it really liked it
well-written
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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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