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French Painting in the Nineteenth Century

Francis Frascina, Tamar Garb, Nigel Blake, Briony Fer, and Charles Harrison

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This first volume in the series focuses on aspects of Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism in Paris between 1848 and 1900. Discussing works by Courbet, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Morisot, and other great painters of the period, the authors demonstrate how some historians view this art as representative of the social, historical, and economic circumstances in which it was produced, how the painterly effects of the art are evaluated, and how a feminist perspective can help to explain art works and change our perception of them.

Francis Frascina and Gill Perry are Lecturers in Art History, Nigel Blake is Lecturer in Educational Technology, and Charles Harrison is Staff Tutor and Reader in Art History at the Open University. Briony Fer and Tamar Garb are Lecturers in Art History at University College, London University.

"Each of the four volumes, which can stand alone, is well produced, reasonably priced, and replete with high-quality black-and-white and color plates. . . . The set presents the consistency and wide appeal of a survey while at the same time providing individually focused and methodologically explicit essays in the form of chapters on specialized topics relating to limited periods of time. . . . The intellectual integrity that permeates each volume, the excellent production qualities, and the overall superb quality of this specialized survey of modern art—all recommend this set highly for academic collections and for large public library collections emphasizing modern and contemporary European and American art."—Choice

"I rarely describe a book as indispensable but, for anyone interested in modern art, this well edited volume sets the scene of a vast and complex subject without assuming any prior knowledge and without simplifying the issues. The jargon-free tone, clearly presented arguments and breadth of vision make it almost unique among products of the New Art History. . . . [It] will undoubtedly become a standard text, for the general reader as well as the student. . . . The capacity of this spirited book to provoke thought can only be admired."—Clare Rendell, Women's Art Magazine

ISBN: 9780300055139
Publication Date: February 24, 1993
304 pages, 8 x 10
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