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Towards Impressionism

Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet

Impressionism is often considered the final nineteenth-century precursor to the radical experimentation of modernism. But every style has a precursor—so what movements paved the way for the atmospheric light, color, and composition characteristic of the impressionist works themselves?

The Musée des Beaux Arts, Reims, offers a choice selection of nineteenth-century French paintings that trace the history of French art from the Romantics, to the School of Barbizon and the circle of Honfleur, up to Impressionism. This beautifully illustrated volume follows the artistic forebears that led up to the works of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, by way of pastel palettes, loose brushwork, ordinary figures, and natural landscapes.

120 pages | 100 color plates | 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 | © 2017

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Suzanne Greub- Founder and Director, Art Centre Basel
Arnaud Robinet- Mayor of Reims
Catherine Delot- Director and Chief Curator, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims
Ena Heller- Bruce A. Beal Director, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
Joseph Rosa- Director and CEO, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
The Romantic Spirit in French Landscape Painting
Michael Clarke- Former Director, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Corot and the School of Barbizon
Michael Clarke- Former Director, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
“The True Cradle of Impressionism”
Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, and the School of Honfleur
Frances Fowle- Reader in History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Works from the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims
Index of Exhibited Works
Index of Comparative Illustrations
The Contributors
Photo Credits

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