Inspiring Impressionism

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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

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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.


Essays by leading scholars reveal the ways Impressionists drew inspiration from earlier artists from periods ranging from the Italian Renaissance through the early 19th-century Classical and Romantic traditions. A detailed chronology and fascinating comparisons of landscapes, portraits, nudes, still lifes, and genre paintings provide readers with new opportunities to understand the work of both the Impressionists and Old Masters.

Xavier Bray is assistant curator at the National Gallery, London. Michael Clarke is Keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland. John Collins is assistant curator at the National Gallery of Canada. Ann Dumas is a freelance art historian based in London. John House is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Frances Jowell is an authority on Dutch 17th-century art. Richard Rand is senior curator at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Lesley Stevenson is principal lecturer at Thames Valley University.


High Museum of Art, Atlanta (October 13, 2007 – January 13, 2008)

 Denver Art Museum (February 23 – May 25, 2008)

Seattle Art Museum (June 19 – September 21, 2008)

"As is usual for the Yale Press, the plates are lavish and plentiful, providing ample comparative material. . . . Recommended."—Choice
ISBN: 9780300131321
Publication Date: December 5, 2007
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Denver Art Museum
280 pages, 11 x 12
12 b/w + 217 color illus.
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