Thursday, 14 November 2013

Painting of Modern Life - Week one

Reading

Recommended
Clark TJ (1984 revised 1999) The Painting of Modern Life. Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers, Thames and Hudson, London.

General Survey
Thomson B (2000) Impressionism Origins, Practices, Reception, Thames and Hudson World of Art, London.
'Full of new insights and informed by recent developments in the social history of art, it is also, to its credit, written in an eloquent and eminently readable style.' - Linda Nochlin.
This book replaces Phoebe Pool’s “Impressionism” (1967) in the World of Art series.

Not in print but worth tracking down is another general survey:
Smith P (1995) Impressionism, Beneath the Surface, Everyman Art Library, London


More Detailed and Specialist works

Franscina F and Harrison C (1993) Modernity and Modernism French Painting in the Nineteenth Century, Yale University Press and Open University, New Haven and London. 

House J, (2004) Impressionism: Paint and Politics: Making and Meaning, Yale University Press, New Haven

Armstrong C (2002) Manet Manette, Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

Fried M (1996) Manet’s Modernism or the Face of Painting in the 1860s, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London.

Pollock G (1988, 2003) Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)

Rewald J (1946, 1973) The History of Impressionism, Secker and Warburg, London.

Primary Sources available in English.
Baudelaire Charles (1995) The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays Phaidon Press. Translator Jonathan Mayne.
Zola E (1886, 1993) The Masterpiece, Oxford World's Classics, Oxford University Press. Also known as L’Oeuvre or The Work.

Benjamin W (1999) The Arcades Project, translated by Eiland and McLaughlin, The Belknapp Press of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England.

[Before his death the German cultural historian Walter Benjamin had been amassing material on les passages, the Parisian shopping arcades. This giant compilation of fragments, notes and quotations is a good place to look for material on Parisian street life, shopping, café society, the flaneur, ennui, suburbs, trains, and umbrellas.]


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