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Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society

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“Long-awaited, this full-scale revision of Impressionism immediately supersedes all other studies in the field.  Herbert rejuvenates even the most famous paintings by seeing them in a dense and flexible context touching on everything from the hierarchy of theater boxes to the role of beer-hall waitresses.  His mind and eye are as supple as his lucid prose, and his command ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 24th 1991 by Yale University Press (first published September 10th 1988)
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is, first of all, a very long book - much longer than the 306 pages would seem to indicate. First of all, the pages are enormous; they are printed in double columns; and packed with information and hints and insights - everything has been thought through carefully by the author; beautiful plates, thoroughly integrated with the text.

This book was 25 years in the making -- apparently, many people had great hopes and expectations about this book during the years that Herbert was working on it.
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!!! This really shows us not only what the Impressionists were doing but also what their world was like. A complete view of Paris during the Second Empire One of the best art history books I've ever read. Well-written and very easy to get into with very detailed, although never boring, discussions of the paintings. This is a big coffee table book so be forewarned. The reproductions are quite good. Many of the paintings are not "the usual suspects" so it's refreshing to see "new work" at ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Ellis by: cruel, cruel individuals
Shelves: readforschool
Read for my class: Paris and the Art of Urban Life.

In case you didn't know this about me, the one genre of art that I just do not like is Impressionism. Therefore, giving me a book completely about it that I have to read because it will be heavily emphasized on the final is complete torture. But other than the fact that I generally find Impressionist work rather ugly and pointless, this book was pretty bad too. Herbert did, however, provide good historical backdrop to the Impressionist movement
Elizabeth Quinn
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. I needed to understand the artistic issues which roiled 19th century Paris. Ironically, this is the book really that taught me the most about Paris in the 1880s. The discussion of Impressionism was wonderful, but the depiction of the lifestyles of Paris was incomparable.
Doris Raines
A. Very. Interesting. Book.
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