Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Rubin, James Henry.

Title Impressionism and the modern landscape : productivity, technology, and urbanization from Manet to Van Gogh / James H. Rubin
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2008]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description x, 239 pages, 24 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
Contents Introduction: Impressionism's Other Landscape -- 1. Renovation and Modern Viewpoints: Roads, Bridges, and City Spaces -- 2. Art and Technology: Impressionism and Photography -- 3. Industrial Waterways: Ports, Rivers, and Canals -- 4. Railways and Stations: Trains and Tracks -- 5. Factories and Work Sites: City and Country -- 6. Revival and Renewal in the Next Generation -- 7. Political Frames and Aspirations: Realism to Utopia -- 8. Performing Representation: Modernism and Modernity
Summary "This book offers a major reevaluation of one of art history's most popular and important art movements. In Impressionism and the Modern Landscape, James Rubin shifts the focus from familiar scenes of pleasure - the beautiful countryside, people at leisure - to a landscape changing as the result of productivity, technology, and urbanization. He demonstrates not only that the industrial and demographic revolutions of the nineteenth century had a profound impact on art, but also that Impressionism was the first art historical movement to embrace such changes. Looking principally at Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Armand Guillaumin, and Gustave Caillebotte, but also discussing pictures by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Vincent Van Gogh, Rubin has selected and arranged works into such categories as industrial waterways, trains, factories, and photographic viewpoints in the modern city
The examples convey not only these major themes but also the painters' belief in the progress of civilization through science and industry. The book thus expands the scope of Impressionist celebrations of modernity to include what might be called Impressionism's "other landscape" and proposes that in the Impressionists' effort to forge a modern landscape art, those signs of modernity defined their vision most clearly."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "Ahmanson Murphy fine arts imprint"--Prelim. p
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Impressionism (Art)
Industrialization in art.
Cities and towns in art.
LC no. 2007039513
ISBN 9780520248014 cloth alkaline paper
0520248015 cloth alkaline paper