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Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art Books

October 2018

The Impressionists captured the passing glance and the momentary feel.  They painted outside, focusing on light and color, and translated the mood of a time and place into lasting work.  They mainly painted around Paris in the 19th Century.  Monet and Renoir were some of the better-known Impressionists.

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The Post-Impressionists derived from and reacted to Impressionism. They focused on the abstract and symbolic, though they did share traits with Impressionism, such as artificiality (both movements being a response to realism or naturalism).  They painted in the late 19th century and beyond. Seurat and van Gogh were some well-known Post-Impressionists.

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The legacy of both movements is most significant, and the modern reader has the pleasure of enjoying them simultaneously.  The New York State Library holds an abundance of art books showcasing their works.

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Art Books: A Selected Bibliography

Adhemar, Jean. Honore Daumier. Paris, France: Tisne, 1954.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qD241a.

Adriani, Gotz. Cezanne Watercolors. New York, New York: Abrams, 1981. NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qC425, 84-24650.

Adriani, Gotz. Toulouse-Lautrec. New York, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qT725, 88-55137.

Boggs, Jean S.  Portraits by Degas.  Berkeley, California: Cal Press, 1962.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qD31b6.

Cailler, Pierre, ed.  Bernard Buffet.  Geneva, Switzerland: Cailler, 1958.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qB929b.

Courthion, Pierre.  Georges Seurat.  New York, New York: Abrams, 1988.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qS496, 90-6794.

Essers, Volkmar.  Henri Matisse, 1869-1954 : Master of Colour.  Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 1987.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.406, qM433, 88-43436.

Kaplan, Margaret, ed.  Matisse.  New York, New York: Abrams, 1972.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qM433.

Keller, Horst.  Watercolors and Drawings of the French Impressionists.  New York, New York: Abrams, 1980.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qK29, 84-22985.

Le Pichon, Yann.  Bernard Buffet (Volumes 1 & 2).  Paris, France: Garnier, 1986.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qL596, 205-1678.

Renoir, Auguste.  Renoir.  New York, New York: Abrams, 1960.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qR41p12.

Rewald, John.  Camille Pissarro.  New York, New York: Abrams, 1963.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qP668r4.

Roberts, Keith.  Degas.  Oxford, United Kingdom: Phaidon, 1982.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qD317, 84-24082.

Russell, John.  The World of Matisse: 1869-1954.  New York, New York: Time-Life, 1969.  NYSL Call Number: Z 759.4, qM43r9.

Siblik, Jiri.  Cezanne: Drawings and Watercolors.  St. Paul, Minnesota: 3M, 1984.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qC428, 85-30450.

Tralbaut, Marc E.  Vincent Van Gogh.  New York, New York: Viking, 1969.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.9, qG61t1v.

Varnedoe, Kirk.  Gustave Caillebotte.  New Haven, Connecticut: Yale, 1987.  NYSL Call Number: C 759.4, qC134, 88-16796.


Exhibit curated by Michael Meyer.

Last Updated: October 3, 2018