Show Off Your Inner Art Nerd with “Essential Impressionists”
Whether you consider yourself an art history nerd or just appreciate beauty in all its forms, you’ll enjoy flipping through Essential Impressionists by Antonia Cunningham. This small but compact book is 256 pages and allows readers to enjoy the breath-taking talent of Impressionist painters. Each painting is reproduced in full color to allow novice art lovers and experienced art history nerds to enjoy it in all its glory. The Impressionist artists that were included in the book are: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Eugene Boudin, and others.
However, this is not just a book of pretty pictures. Alongside each work of art is a page dedicated to the artist. Cunningham not only includes what year it was painted in but also which museum has the piece in its collection, as well as a few paragraphs on the artist too. For example, Edouard Manet’s Rose and Tulips page explains that the painting was one of 16 flower studies that he worked on during the last year of his life. He completed many floral portraits due to the fact that his friends would deliver bouquets of flowers to his studio in the Rue d’Amsterdam in Paris, France.
Meanwhile, for Frederic Bazille’s Bazille’s Studio, Cunningham informs her readers that for this particular painting, the unusually empty space on the right was inspired by a Japanese technique employed by Degas. She also mentions that Bazille was very much inspired by Manet too, although he preferred to use lighter colors in his works.
So, come take a walk through the dreamy world of Impressionist painters by clicking through the gallery, and immerse yourself in the world of art!