IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER

PHILLIP DENNIS CATE, DANIEL CHARLES and CHRISTOPHER LLOYD
224pp 174 ILLUS (90 COLOUR PLATES) 2013 OUT OF PRINT (P) AA34

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Description
Plein-air painting allowed the Impressionists to capture a vibrant outdoor world with startling immediacy; and water, boats and all things nautical provided natural subject matter for these artists. This volume traces the history of these delightful, light-infused water scenes from pre-Impressionism (Corot, Daubigny) through Impressionism (Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Caillebotte) to neo- and post-Impressionism (Cézanne, Seurat, Signac). Throughout, connections to contemporary life clarify the social and cultural implications of the nautical themes embraced by the artists. It is curious how many of them came from families with deep maritime roots: Seurat learned sailing from Caillebotte, and Caillebotte himself was taught by Sisley. The book is profusely illustrated and beautifully produced.