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Impressionist Giverny

A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915

Lured by the ineffable beauty represented in Claude Monet’s artwork and the promise of painting en plein air, artists from America and across Europe flocked to the French village of Giverny in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming it from a sleepy hamlet to a colorful and thriving artists’ community. Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915 evokes the longevity of impressionism and highlights the role Giverny played in the movement’s ascendance, placing Giverny in the context of other European artists’ colonies of its era.

Making use of reproductions of period postcards, paintings, photographs, and previously unpublished documents, editor Katherine M. Bourguignon traces the evolution of the impressionist style in this idyllic and international setting. Fellow contributors address the interactions of the artists of Giverny with Monet, the utopian experiment of a collective artistic enterprise, the emergence of the rural innkeeper as a new class of patron, and the American impressionists who, inspired by their experience in France, often formed artists’ colonies back in the United States and participated in the ongoing tradition of French-American cultural exchange.

Accompanying exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Américain Giverny and at the San Diego Museum of Art, Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915 captures the creative spirit and aesthetic that enlivened this artistic haven a century ago.

224 pages | 170 color plates | 9 x 11 3/4

Art: American Art, Art--General Studies, European Art

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Table of Contents

Giverny: A Village for Artists
Katherine M. Bourguignon
Breakfast at Monet’s: Giverny in the Context of European Artists’ Colonies
Nina Lübbren
Americans in Giverny: The Meaning of a Place
Kathleen Pyne
"A Long Entwined Effort": Colonizing Giverny
Margaret Werth
Introductions by Katherine M. Bourguignon
Landscapes around Giverny
Village Life
Family and Friends
The "Giverny Group"
Historical Documents
The Baudy Family Photograph Albums
The Photographs of Theodore Robinson
The Courrier Innocent: A Collaborative Project
Map of Giverny, circa 1900
Artists in Giverny, 1885 to 1915
Selected Bibliography

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