Periods, Groups & Movements: British Impressionism
Impressionism in Britain by Kenneth McConkey, Anna Gruetzner Robins – Hardcover, 224 pages, Published by Yale University Press, 1995

This beautiful book describes the activities of the French Impressionist painters on their visits to Britain, tells how British collectors and dealers disseminated their works, and explores the response of artists from Britain and Ireland to the Impressionist movement.

British Impressionism by Kenneth McConkey – Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st pbk. ed edition (October 9, 1998)

British impressionism, like its American counterpart, has skulked in the shadows of Monet, Renoir and other French favorites. Here, in 132 excellent plates and an engaging text, is a comprehensive survey of a movement that wore many faces, from Laura Knight's intensely radiant beach scenes to Walter Sickert's urban world refracted through a restricted palette and quirky narrative technique. There is no doubt that the British impressionists are cooler and more controlled than the French: Henry Herbert La Thangue's landscapes, for example, impress with their solidity even as their lyric poetry transports the viewer. Yet the British were also adept at recording transitory moments, middle-class pleasures, effects of light and atmosphere. McConkey, who teaches in England, follows the vagaries of a movement enlivened by American expatriates James Whistler and John Singer Sargent and French expatriate Lucien Pissarro, son of the famous impressionist, Camille. —Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Impressionist London by Eric Shanes – 1st Edition, Hardcover, 184 pages, Published by Abbeville Press, 1994

Part art history, part social history, Impressionist London vivaciously chronicles the responses of French and other Impressionists to that irrepressibly dynamic city. Turn-of-the-century London was the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful city on earth. Its seething activity proved a heady source of inspiration to the French Impressionists, who painted more scenes of London—its grassy parks, mysterious fogs, and bustling riverscapes—than of any other city outside Paris.

Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro fled from war-torn France to London in 1870 and produced some of their most appealing work in the city, during both that visit and later sojourns. Alfred Sisley created some of his finest and most lovely pictures just outside London, finding particular inspiration in the regattas that took place at Hampton Court. The young Vincent van Gogh spent probably the happiest months of his life there, discovering work by British painters and writers that would profoundly shape the course of his career.

Other Impressionist-era artists who painted brilliant images of the city are the visitors Giuseppe de Nittis and Andre Derain; the expatriates James McNeill Whistler, James Tissot, and John Singer Sargent; and British painters including Spencer Gore, Walter Richard Sickert, and Philip Wilson Steer.

Vividly written and elegantly designed, this book is filled with exquisite paintings and rare archival images as well as lively commentaries by artists and literary observers. It perfectly captures the flavor of Impressionist London and the lives of the painters it profoundly inspired.


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