978-0-300-03891-0 / 9780300038910

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces: The Courtauld Collection


Publisher:Yale University Press



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Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpiece: The Courtauld Collection Dermis Farr, John House, Robert Bruce-Gardner, Gerry Hedley, and Caroline Villers. The collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting made by Samuel Courtauld during the 1920s is one of the most important in existence. This book reproduces and discusses a representative selection of works from the Courtauld collection including Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Renoir's La Loge, Seurat's Young wonan Powdering herself, Gauguin 's Nevermore and Te Rerioa, and an outstanding group of paintings by Cezanne; together they form a rich and varied view of avant-garde painting in France in the later nineteenth century. Each of the forty-eight paintings is shown in colour, together with a detailed assessment of its historical position, meaning and significance, technical make-up, and subsequent history. There are also three introductory essays . In the first, Dennis Farr provides an account of Courtauld's activities as a collector and patron of the arts. In the second, John House places the work of the Impressionist painters into its broader historical contexts, summarising and assessing recent debates in Impressionist scholarship. Finally, the staff of he Courtauld Institute's Conservation Department describe the ways in which close technical examination reveals a great deal about the working methods of the Impressionists and enriches the study and understanding of the paintings. Together, the text and reproductions splendidly illuminate the masterful achievement of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. This book will serve as the catalog for an exhibition that will be presented at five leading American museums, opening at the Cleveland Museum of Art in January 1987 and going on to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

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