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Monet to Matisse: Landscape Painting in France, 1874-1914 [Paperback]

Richard Thomson , Michael Clarke
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: National Galleries of Scotland; 1st Edition edition (31 Dec 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0903598477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903598477
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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There are a great many books, monographs and exhibition catalogues that deal with Impressionist and fin-de-siècle painting in France so that it becomes increasingly difficult to approach the topic from a new perspective. Whilst the major works from the period are always life-enhancing when seen hanging in the gallery, there is an added level of satisfaction if they are presented in a manner that facilitates their examination in a new light.

In 1994 an exhibition was held at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh in which Richard Thompson adopted a novel approach to the critical examination of French landscape painting from 1874 to 1914 that eschewed traditional consideration of Impressionist/Cubist/Fauve categories. These end-dates correspond to the first Impressionist exhibition and the outbreak of the Great War, respectively.

Thompson uses an integrated scheme that involves [1] representations of contrasting regions and sites, [2] using landscape motifs as a vehicle for the artist’s imagination, and [3] different ‘landscape’ types. This approach is, of necessity, partial; by considering the coasts of the Mediterranean and the Channel, the Brittany coast is excluded. As the author honestly admits, the partiality also depends on the works that are available for loan and on the personal attitude of the art scholar.
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