Impression… who better than Monet in 1867, could have defined what was to become the most well-known and beloved pictorial movement? Nevertheless, it took more than thirty years for these artists (Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir…) to be accepted and acknowledged by their contemporaries. Impressionism was the first step towards modern painting, and it revolutionised an artistic background suffocated by academic norms.
Taking the Impressionistic revolution even further, Post-Impressionism was to completely liberate the colour and revealed unknown horizons (with Seurat, Van Gogh, Cézanne…) which became unmissable passages for the greatest names of 20th-century painting (Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky…)
You will rediscover, throughout the pages of this book, the freshness, the colours, and the quality of these timeless masterworks.
Nathalia Brodskaïa has been a curator at The State Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg since 1961. As an author, she has published monographs on Rousseau, Renoir, Derain, Vlaminck, Vallotton, and Van Dongen, as well as books on the Fauves and Naïve Art. She is currently working on a study of French painters from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
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