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This review is from: The Private Lives Of The Impressionists (Paperback)
I make no pretence to be an art critic or historian of art; I just know what I like, and I like impressionists. Sadly, I'll never be able to afford one. A mixture of biography, art history and scene setting beautifully written; I'm sad that it has taken me so long to discover it. We learn about the painters, their lives, loves, money problems, with death often too close to hand; a book about the real lives of real people. It's good on the reactions of the critics of the times, people of (perhaps) great erudition but little real understanding. And of their dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, whose faith in this small group was—eventually—realised.
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2014 19:58:13 BDT
Just by coincidence, the "Independent" has an article about "Impression, Soleil Levant" today. A 'forensic astronomer' has dated the exact time this was painted, confirming that it was in 1872: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enterta
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