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Manet and Modern Paris: One Hundred Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Photographs by Manet and His Contemporaries

Theodore Reff
Published 1982
280 pages

This exhibition catalog collects representations of Paris in a period of momentous change. The images included depict characteristic forms of its social life—on the boulevards, in the public gardens, railroad stations, cafés, and café concerts, and at the theater and opera—as well as familiar aspects of its nearby racetracks and beaches. To capture the mood of 19th-century Paris, the catalog features paintings, drawings, and prints by the impressionist artists who made Parisian life a central theme of their work and, to complete the picture, those of their immediate predecessors and followers. Thus the images are not only by Manet, Degas, Renoir, and Pissarro, but also by Daumier, Bonvin, Boudin, and others in the previous generation and by Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and others in the succeeding generation. The material is organized thematically, divided into nine sections, each centered on a key work by Manet.

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