By Charles, Ed. Moffert (Author)
Covers eight landmark Impressionist indicates. members comprise Stéphane Mallarmé, Richard Shiff, Paul Tucker, Richard R. Bretetell and others. followed exhibition at express on the nationwide Gallery and San Franciscos wonderful Arts Museum. 204 illustrations in complete colour. 142 B/W illustrations. 507pp.
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They have sure methods of execution [Jean Vibert], a manner of modeling established once and for all, and they turn out a contrived and sententious carnival of characters. They have outdone their master and asked actors to show them theatrical grimaces for the faces— invariably the same-of their little marquis, their eccentrics, their pages, monks, and archers, conscientiously copied according to the wishes of the patron, whom they dress up in cheap finery, too faded or too new. Their figures parade about always with conviction, like characters dressed up for Mid-Lent coming out of a laundry.
Carefully as the figure itself. . . However, Duranty's essay cannot be reduced to a mere exercise in Realist-Naturalist theory with strong positivist overtones (see note 2), or to a manifesto about avant- garde art that is principally of value Degas's art. in dealing with The New Painting impresses upon us in a general way the viability and worthiness of subjects from modern life, and the new stylistic approaches appropriate to them. M. DURANTY 37 [Eugene Fromentin),- eminent among those whose talent we do not admire, and who moreover has the gift and good fortune to be a writer, recently stated in escape this fusion of genres or resist the temptation to Revue des Deux Mondes:^ The so-called doctrine of Realism"* has no more important basis than a true and sound observation of the laws of color.
His fiction met with only limited success and was soon overshadowed by that of such major Naturalist writers as Emile Zola (1840— 1902) and Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880). Duranty 's reputation as an author depends primarily on the essay reprinted here, The New Painting: Concerning the Group of Artists Exhibiting at the Durand-Ruel Galleries. It was originally published in 18 j 6, at about the time of the Impressionists' second group show, as a thirty-eight-page pamphlet. This study has often been hailed as the first cogent attempt to deal with the salient characteristics of avant-garde painting as a whole during the i8yos.