Realism in the Age of Impressionism: Painting and the Politics of Time

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Yale University Press, Jul 24, 2015 - Art - 272 pages
The late 1870s and early 1880s were watershed years in the history of French painting. As outgoing economic and social structures were being replaced by a capitalist, measured time, Impressionist artists sought to create works that could be perceived in an instant, capturing the sensations of rapidly transforming modern life. Yet a generation of artists pushed back against these changes, spearheading a short-lived revival of the Realist practices that had dominated at mid-century and advocating slowness in practice, subject matter, and beholding. In this illuminating book, Marnin Young looks closely at five works by Jules Bastien-Lepage, Gustave Caillebotte, Alfred-Philippe Roll, Jean-François Raffaëlli, and James Ensor, artists who shared a concern with painting and temporality that is all but forgotten today, having been eclipsed by the ideals of Impressionism. Young’s highly original study situates later Realism for the first time within the larger social, political, and economic framework and argues for its centrality in understanding the development of modern art. 
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Jules BastienLepage Haymaking
15
Gustave Caillebotte Decorative Triptych
53
AlfredPhilippe Roll The Strike of the Miners
91
JeanFrançois Raffaëlli The Absinthe Drinkers
127
James Ensor Russian Music
165
Conclusion
205
Notes
215
Index
255
Illustration Credits
259
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Marnin Young is associate professor of art history at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. 

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