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French Moderns: Monet to Matisse


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The years between the Revolution of 1848 and the end of World War II were characterized by profound social, intellectual, and political change in France. The art world, centered in Paris, also witnessed remarkable transformations as artists experimented with bold, expressive styles. Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism... All emerged in and around the French capital during this period, and had profound impacts on the Western artistic canon.

This splendid volume featuring 59 works from the Brooklyn Museum's renowned European collection, celebrates France as the artistic center of international modernism from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these paintings and sculptures were produced by the era's leading artists, both French-born and others who studied and worked in France. The 47 artists represented include Bonnard, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Redon, Renoir, and Rodin.

Organized into four sections, the works in this book exemplify the successive avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, tracing a shift from naturalism to the rise of abstraction. Chapters on 'Landscape,' 'Still Life,' 'Portraits and Figures,' and 'The Nude,' invite the reader to discover comparisons and contrasts across time and mediums. Hardcover, 144 pages.