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Robert L. Herbert
Robert L. Herbert is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke.
Herbert, Robert L.
Herbert, Robert L.
United States of America
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Description: The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue...
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Print publication date June 1984 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9789998003279
EISBN 9780300241334
Illustrations 794
Print Status out of print
Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society
This remarkable book, now a classic in its field, has transformed the way we look at Impressionist art. The culmination of twenty years of research by preeminent scholar Robert L. Herbert, Impressionism fundamentally revised the conventional view of this famous artistic movement and shows how it was fully integrated into the social and cultural life of the times.

The author explores the themes of leisure and entertainment that dominated the great years of Impressionist painting between 1865 and 1885. Cafes, opera houses, dance halls, theaters, racetracks, and vacations by the sea were the central subjects of the majority of these paintings, and Herbert relates these pursuits to the transformation of Paris under the Second Empire. This book presents provocative new interpretations of a wide range of famous masterpieces. Artists are seen to be active participants in, as well as objective witnesses to, contemporary life, and there are many profound insights into the social and cultural upheaval of the times.
Print publication date September 1988 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300042627
EISBN 9780300233964
Illustrations 311 illus.
Print Status in print