Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard

Edited by Elizabeth W. Easton; With contributions by Clément Chéroux, Michel Frizot, Todd Gustavson, Françoise Heilbrun, Ellen W. Lee, Anne McCauley, Saskia Ooms, Katia Poletti, Eliza Rathbone, and Hans Rooseboom

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Out of Print

A fascinating look at how snapshots by seven Post-Impressionist artists influenced their work and the history of photography

The advent of the Kodak camera in 1888 made photography accessible to amateurs as well as to professionals. Artists were not immune to its allure, and many began experimenting with the camera as a means of observing the world and capturing their own images of it. Snapshot investigates seven Post-Impressionist painters and printmakers: Pierre Bonnard, George Hendrik Breitner, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Rivière, Félix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard. Although celebrated for their works on canvas and paper, these artists also made many personal and informal snapshots. Depicting interiors, city streets, nudes, and portraits, these photographs were kept private and never exhibited. As a result, most have never been seen by the public.

Juxtaposing personal photographs with related paintings and prints by these Post-Impressionist artists, Snapshot offers a new perspective on early photography and on the synthesis of painting, printmaking, and photography at the end of the 19th century.

Elizabeth W. Easton is the cofounder and director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Clément Chéroux is a curator of the photographic collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Michel Frizot is research director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Todd Gustavson is curator of technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Françoise Heilbrun was until April 2011 the founding curator of photography at the Musée d’Orsay. Ellen W. Lee is chief curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Anne McCauley is David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University. Saskia Ooms works at Netwerk, a center for contemporary Art in Belgium. Katia Poletti is curator at the Fondation Félix Vallotton, Lausanne. Eliza Rathbone is chief curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Hans Rooseboom is curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


The Van Gogh Museum 

The Phillips Collection

The Indianapolis Museum of Art

“If you enjoyed the RA’s Degas show, this book is a must…..Shots of street scenes and interiors, family, nudes and portraits are juxtaposed with related works so the reader can see how the photograph informed artists’ work.”—RA Magazine

“…an essential contribution to Photography’s history.”— Jackie Wullschlager, The Financial Times (Christmas Books)

"[A]n exemplary catalogue for its scholarship and content . . . Highly recommended."—P.C. Bunnell, Choice

Winner of the 2012 New York Book Show Award in the Special Trade Photography, as given by the New York Book Show.

Won an Honorable Mention for the 2011 New England Book Festival in the Photography/Art category. This award is given by the JM Northern Media family of festivals, and sponsored by the Larimar St. Croix Writers Colony, eDivvy, Shophanista and Westside Websites

Winner in the Photography/Art category at the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival.

Won an Honorable Mention for the 2011 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award, as given by the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Winner of the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival for the Photography/Art category, sponsored by the JM Northern Media LLC

Won an award in the scholarly illustrated category in the AAUP 2012 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show
ISBN: 9780300172362
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Co-publisher: Published in association with the Phillips Collection, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art
248 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
285 color illus.