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MODERN FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS [Hardcover]

MARTIN WOLPERT

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15 Feb 2004
The first half of the 19th Century spawned one of the most exciting concentrations of artists and artistic innovation in history. The French impressionists opened the door to creative freedoms never before experienced, and a community rich in artistic and intellectual talent coalesced to forever change the direction of art. This book documents more than 150 artists who worked, studied, and exhibited in Paris between 1890 and 1950. Many of them have been completely overlooked by scholars and art historians. Their work encompasses the La Belle Epoque, Postimpressionist, Cubist, and School of Paris movements. More than 375 color images of their paintings document this fabulous cultural explosion, and also present a visual time capsule, showing the populace at work and at play in bars, cabarets, and jazz clubs, even scenes of the artists' own studios. This book has been a labor of love; many years in the making. Collectors, curators, and historians will find it an invaluable tool for understanding the art of this period. By documenting artists who have not been written about for many years, the authors offer insight to their paintings, which can still be acquired at equitable prices.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference, great illustrations 17 July 2004
By Papillon Gallery - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly describes the period. Good biographical information on 150 artists. Excellant illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TREASURE CHEST 26 Nov 2009
By drkhimxz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will gratify those art lovers and collectors who have an interest in the artists who appear only in the secondary auctions of Sotheby's or Christies, if they appear in American auctions at all. The authors have provided biographical data, to the extent it may be available, on some of the many fine artists with a Parisian connection, who never had a reputation equal to their worth or lost their reputations through the attrition of time. They are fine artists as the pictures which appear with each biographical sketch suggest, yet they never made the breakthrough which, as any collector or dealer knows, is so much a matter of chance, dependent as it is on many factors outside the control of the artist. Hopefully, the great inflation of prices for contemporary and modern art, will stir interest in those, who like these artists, and those who appear in the second volume in this series, can provide considerable gratification, whether or not one can count on an appreciated selling price. Having seen original works by some of this group, I will attest to the worthiness of their efforts, although they may not match Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne or Monet. For a price often within the range of those collectors who hover at the lower levels of the intermediate market, one can own pictures which will give a lifetime of joy.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 25 Dec 2012
By Joan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the 5 star reviews and having an interest in the subject, I ordered this book. I returned it after looking at it once. I gave it 2 stars as there were 2 artists in the entire book worth studying. Most of the work was done by unknown artists and the quality was poor. I am a painter myself and look for inspiration in the work of other artists. Sadly, I found none here. I wonder if the other reviewers have a connection to the book or own some of the paintings featured.
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