The Private Lives of the Impressionists Hardcover – 6 Jul 2006
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"Sue Roe has chosen a compelling subject: her book does it justice and it is a pleasure to read." -- Literary Review
"Vivid, superbly researched ... it leaves you absolutely determined to visit art exhibitions at every opportunity" -- The Daily Mail
"[Private Lives of the Impressionists will] enormously enhance the interest of the next Impressionist exhibition we go to." -- Sunday Times
"vivid, superbly researched" -- Daily Mail
'will...enormously enhance the interest of the next Impressionist exhibition we go to' -- The Sunday Times
Her book is widely researched but has a neat, light touch.
-- Independent on Sunday
A vivid, intimate, evocative exploration of the hidden personal lives of the great Impressionist painters.See all Product Description
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But mostly I feel grateful to this book for giving me such an insight into the personalities of those involved. Manet, always a favourite of mine, is now a true hero. I'm so pleased to have discovered Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassat and Frederic Bazille; was delighted by the darker character quirks of Degas and Cezanne (the latter's relationship with Zola was news to me!), and the relative carefree joie de vivre of Renior. It also confirmed my suspicions about Monet.
It is a moving history too, unblinkingly covering the horrors of the Franco-Prussian war and the poverty of the times. It's fair to say some of these men and women suffered for their art; some too, avoided suffering with the skills of con artists. I felt genuinely sad by their respective ends, despite of course knowing they were coming.
All in all, I was hoping for a competent account of the lives and times of the impressionist Parisian painters. I got that, as well as the best book I have read (and am likely to read) this year.
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This is a well written and engaging account of the lives of the impressionists. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by AvidSketcher
a good insight into an art period that still inspires lovers of artPublished 13 months ago by S. O. Butler