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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

by Jennifer A. Thompson, with contributions by Joseph J. Rishel and Eileen Owens

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“A beautifully illustrated imprint of the collection and an informative introduction to the riches it contains.”
—Nancy Locke, H-Net Reviews

Featuring ninety highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s stellar collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, this handsome volume includes iconic works such as Paul Cézanne’s Large Bathers, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Edgar Degas’s Interior, Édouard Manet’s Le Bon Bock, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Great Bathers.

Entries provide a rich and encompassing view of the artists and the innovative works they created, considering both the experimental techniques employed in the paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings as well as how these objects functioned within the contexts of the art market, social history, and politics. An introductory essay examines the circumstances and individuals—including Mary Cassatt’s brother, the Philadelphia railroad executive Alexander J. Cassatt—that led to the formation of one of the finest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections in the United States.

About the Author
Jennifer A. Thompson is the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She earned her MA and PhD at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since joining the museum in 1999, she has curated or co-curated many notable exhibitions, including Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection (2017); Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting (2015); Van Gogh Up Close (2012); and Late Renoir (2010). She is responsible for the collections and installations at the Rodin Museum and serves as the head of the European Painting and Sculpture department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Paper over board
216 pages
9 × 11 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0-87633-289-4