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The art of impressionism : painting technique & the making of modernity

"This book is the first full-scale exploration of Impressionist techniques. Focusing on the easel-painted work of Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cezanne, Cassatt, Morisot, Caillebotte, Sisley and Degas in the period before 1900, it places their methods and materials in a historical perspective and evaluates their origins, novelty and meanings within the visual formation of urban modernity." "Drawing on scientific studies of pigments and materials, artists' treatises, colourmen's archives, and contemporary and modern accounts, Anthea Callen demonstrates how raw materials and paintings are profoundly interdependent. She analyses the material constituents of oil painting and the complex processes of 'making' entailed in all aspects of artistic production, discussing in particular oil painting methods for landscapists and the impact of plein air light on figure painting, studio practice and display. Insisting that the meanings of paintings are constituted by and within the cultural matrices that produced them, Callen argues that the real 'modernity' of the Impressionist enterprise lies in the painters' material practices."--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©2000
Yale University Press, New Haven, ©2000
x, 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
9780300084023, 0300084021
Tradition and innovation
The Blank canvas
Canvas, texture, and materiality
Grounds for oil painting
Ground colours and the paint layer
Light of reason, shades of meaning
The matter of impressionism
Making light modern
The palette: from tonal to spectral
'Artless" simplicity
The colour of modernity
Framing the debate