This is the best non-fiction book about many of the 19th century artists in the French impressionism art movement. The author, Sue Roe, provides you with a fascinating account of the lives of the Impressionists within the historical context of Belle Epoque Paris. It gives you, the reader, with a deeper understanding of the difficulties these artists endured.
You will read about the iconic impressionist artists such as Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Morisot and many others. The author also gives you a glimpse into the “backstory” of many of their famous paintings, giving you a deeper appreciation of some of their magnificent artworks.
The author, provides just the right amount of detail about each artist. She seamlessly manages to beautifully integrate their stories.
We read about the early friendships, the exchange of ideas, how they influenced one another and the eventual falling out of some of the artists.
The book also details the personal struggles of various Impressionists who came from wealthy families. These families in some cases did not support them as artists as it went against the accepted norms of their societies.
Most of the impressionists struggled for the majority of their lives because of their unflinching dedication to their artwork. These artists refused to conform and abandon their artistic beliefs despite being scorned and ridiculed. And they were criticized again and again by the art world.
How incredible that over a hundred years later, people of all ages go to museums all over the world and stand in awe of the impressionism colorful and vibrant legacy. If only they could see!!
This is the best non-fiction book as it is a factual biography of the impressionists. However, it is very easy to read and flows more like an art historical fiction novel.
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