Clark TJ (1984 revised 1999) The Painting of Modern Life.
in the Art of Manet and his Followers, Thames and Hudson,
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,
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,
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,
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,
Classics, Press. Also
known as L’Oeuvre or The Work. Oxford University
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.]
Images pinned here http://www.pinterest.com/peterjquinn/impressionist/