Periods, Groups & Movements: Individual Impressionists
(also see The Ten, Masters after 1800, Cassatt, Degas, Hassam, Manet, Morisot)
Amazing Arts # 45: Julian Onderdonk by Dirk Stursberg – Paperback: 64 pages; Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (December 15, 2014)

Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast by Julie Aronson – Hardcover; Publisher: D Giles Ltd (2013)

The Sporting Art of Frank W. Benson n by Faith Andrews Bedford – Hardcover: 272 pages; Publisher: David R Godine; First Edition edition (September 1, 2000)

Frank Benson, a pivotal artist of the American Impressionist movement had, it would seem, three great loves in his long and productive life: his family, his art, and the sporting life. As a boy, Benson dreamed of being an ornithological illustrator. In mid-life, after an extremely successful career as a portraitist and painter of plein air canvases, he returned to the wildfowl and sporting subjects that were his lifelong passion. Over the next forty years, in etching, lithography, watercolor, and oil and wash, he portrayed birds beloved since childhood, scenes of his hunting and fishing expeditions, and still lives of incomparable delicacy.

Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, the Lost Paintings by James Graham Baker (Author), J. P. Bryan Jr. (Foreword) – Hardcover: 230 pages; Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn (February 26, 2014) Language: English

Famed for his bluebonnet landscapes, San Antonio native Julian Onderdonk may be the most well-known artist Texas has ever produced. Onderdonk spent several years outside the state, though, seeking to make a name for himself in New York City. He spent much of his time in New York as the very definition of a starving artist.

In Julian Onderdonk: The Lost Years, the Lost Paintings, James Graham Baker explores the artist’s New York years, so often neglected by previous scholars. Through painstaking research, Baker reveals that Onderdonk painted hundreds of images under pseudonyms during his time in New York. These images not only reveal the means by which the artist struggled to make ends meet, but add another dimension to our understanding of the artist’s oeuvre

F.C. Frieseke - A Retrospective Exhibition May 14 -June 12, 198 2 by F.C. Frieseke (Author) – Paperback Publisher: Maxwell Galleries, Ltd (1982)

Chamber Works by Frederick Carl Frieseke Hardcover: 111 pages; Publisher: Hollis Taggart Galleries (2000)

Catalog of an exhibition held at the Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, Nov. 28, 2000-Jan. 13, 2001. Essay by Nicholas Kilmer.

Art of Frank W. Benson: American Impressionist by Frank Weston Benson – Paperback: 197 pages; Publisher: Peabody Essex Museum Dist A/C (July 13, 2006)

Although Bedford's title, "Frank W. Benson, American Impressionist" suggests an emphasis on his impressionist work, the book also shows other painting styles. During his lifetime Benson won most of the awards any artist could. Reading the book enables one to understand clearly why.

Guy Rose: American Impressionist by Will South – Unknown Binding, 119 pages, Published by The Oakland Museum; The Irvine Museum, Introduction by William H. Gerdts, and essay by Jean Stern. Published by the Oakland Museum and The Irvine Museum, 1995.

Comprehensive and well researched book on the life and art of Guy Rose (1867-1925), California's most important Impressionist painter. 180 pages, 14" x 10", 120 color plates, 32 black and white photographs

Bernhard Gutmann: An American Impressionist, 1869-1936 by Percy North – 1st Edition, Hardcover, Published by Abbeville Press, 1996

A Major Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, Bernhard Gutmann (1869-1936) recorded his travels and the joys of family life in paintings distinguished by luscious color and an exuberant sensibility. He was not only a painter who received serious critical acclaim during his lifetime but also a beloved teacher, a successful illustrator, and a master of ceramic and graphic art.

Born and educated in Germany, Gutmann arrived in the United States at the age of twenty-three. After moving to New York and marrying Bertha Goldman, granddaughter of the founder of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, he was financially secure and free to concentrate on his art alone. The last decades of his life were spent in Connecticut, where he raised his family, and in traveling to Europe with his wife and daughters.

Because Gutmann had no need to sell his art, it remained with his family rather than going to the galleries, auction houses, and museums that would have kept it in the public eye. His work therefore was little known from his death until his rediscovery" in 1988, when Gutmann was lauded as "an American Gauguin."

The Impressionists at Home by Pamela Todd – Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Thames & Hudson (October 31, 2005)

Impressionist artists and their homes are inseparably linked: Monet and Giverny, Renoir and Les Cagnes, Pissarro and his Hermitage. For each, home meant something slightly different: a place of comfort in a rapidly evolving society, a sanctuary immune to changing fortune and fame, a simpler way of life away from the city, or a place to entertain and to express individual taste. All of the artists, however, made their homes a mainstay of their art.

Through this book we follow the artists' daily activities and routines—working, dining, bathing, socializing, sleeping—and come ever closer to the extraordinary characters behind the paintings. Here are Berthe Morisot's conversations with her cook; Degas' relationship with his devoted housekeeper; Monet's highly unconventional ménage with his second wife; the lingering mood of pleasure at the end of a good meal, as reflected in Renoir's Boatmen's Lunch. The reader witnesses the birth of the modern world, with its telephones and central heating, and explores the relationships between the artists and their models, mistresses, wives, friends, families, patrons, dealers, doctors, gardeners, and children.

The extended Impressionist family includes the American "Givernistes" who gathered around Monet in his later life and Impressionist artists from other countries. All find their place, and the book is completed by biographies of the supporting characters and the locations of Impressionist homes for today's travelers. 180 illustrations in color and black and white.

East Coast/West Coast and Beyond: Colin Campbell Cooper, American Impressionist by Deborah Epstein Solon, William Gerdts – Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Hudson Hills Press (November 25, 2006)

Colin Campbell Cooper's (1858-1937) career was defined by two periods: his education and maturity as an East Coast artist, and his relocation, in later years to the West Coast.

Frederick Carl Frieseke: The Evolution of an American Impressionist by Nicholas Kilmer, Linda McWhorter, Telfair Museum of Art – Hardcover, 216 pages (April 1, 2001) Princeton Univ Press

The color-drenched gardens and sun-dappled nudes by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) have long been loved by admirers of American Impressionism, and his paintings are treasured in museum collections across the country. Surprisingly, this beautiful and comprehensive volume, with more than one hundred color and almost eighty black-and-white plates, is the first ever devoted to his work. It is being published in conjunction with the artist's first retrospective.

Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist by Erica E. Hirshler – Hardcover, 190 pages, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1995

A close friend of William Dean Howells, John Singer Sargent, and the legendary collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, who became his champion, Dennis Miller Bunker (1861-1890) was one of the most talented painters of late 19th-century America. His sudden death at age 29 interrupted one of Boston's most promising talents. This handsomely illustrated volume is the definitive study of Bunker's life and work, and the only book currently available on this fascinating, tragic artist.

Camille Pissarro by John Rewald – Hardcover, 128 pages (July 1989) Harry N Abrams

Studying the effects of light, climate, and the seasons, Camille Pissarro experimented with art theory and technique, and fused a distinctive style that remains his own, within the larger style of Impressionism. He was a master in capturing the atmospheric nuances of changing seasons and times of day: sunrise, morning mist, hoar frost, blossoming trees, and light reflections on water. Working in close friendship with Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, and Degas, Pissarro participated in all Impressionist exhibitions in Paris, and as the oldest of the Impressionists, he was a thought-provoking influence and a source of inspiration. This publication presents Pissarro's oeuvre in all its thematic and artistic diversity. It is a spectrum which extends from the coloristic masterpieces of his early years, especially his landscapes, through to his later, equally famous views of Rouen and Paris, and includes a diversity of subject matter as seen in his portraits, still lifes, market scenes and representations of everyday peasant life. With over 250 illustrations, over 100 in color, this is an exceptional and beautifully designed survey of Pissarro's timeless art.

Ten American Painters by William H. Gerdts – Paperback, Published by Spanierman Gallery, 1990

This lavishly illustrated, 188-page volume includes an introduction by William H. Gerdts and essays by experts on the individual artists in this group to which many of the best-known American artists of the late nineteenth century belonged: Frank W. Benson, William Merritt Chase, Joseph DeCamp, Thomas W. Dewing, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Robert Reid, Edward Simmons, Edmund C. Tarbell, John H. Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir. In addition to color images of the eleven works in the exhibition, there are thirty-six color plates and over one hundred black and white illustrations, many of rediscovered works. Providing a comprehensive survey of the Ten's twenty-one years of existence and a study of each members' participation in the group, this catalogue is of great value to American art history.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Painter Color, NTSC VHS Release Date: July 18, 2000
Run Time: 26 minutes

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Painter naturally features a great many of Renoir's paintings in this lively overview of the French Impressionist's life. Vintage postcards of various locations in France provide a visual look at where he lived and worked. The painter's entire life is covered, from his days as a struggling artist comfortable at finding models in any social strata to his long years as a family man whose contentment was disrupted by seriously declining health. The narration offers quotes from Renoir explaining his thoughts on painting, and specific characters who appear in his paintings, including his future wife, are noted. In time, his children and family maids were his models, and when they left the house, Renoir amused himself by painting bouquets of flowers. Renoir's nudes, now considered masterpieces, were not always well received by the critics of his time, and the controversies around specific paintings are discussed. While the narration explains Renoir's love of painting nudes, modern color film of a woman posing nude, which may strike some viewers as extraneous, is featured. This documentary is fairly brief and is by no means a definitive treatment of Renoir, but it does provide an entertaining introduction to the life and work of a great artist. —Robert J. McNamara

Edward Henry Potthast: More Than One Man 6 by Patricia Jobe Pierce – Hardcover: 249 pages; Publisher: Pierce Galleries, Inc. (2006)

Reader Review:Beautiful photography of artwork. Very intresting/well documented information linking Potthast w/ his nephew. A must read and own for anyone who is investing in art by Potthast.

Julian Onderdonk: American Impressionist by William Rudolph (Author), A. Kate Sheerin (Contributor), Chloe Barnett (Contributor) – Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Dallas Museum of Art; 1st edition (April 22, 2008)

This lavishly illustrated catalogue offers a critical look at Impressionist Julian Onderdonk (1882–1922), one of Texas's finest landscape painters and a pupil of William Merritt Chase. Onderdonk transformed the Texas landscape, creating indelible images of his native state. One of Chase’s most dazzling students at the Shinnecock Summer School in Long Island, he brought Chase’s aesthetic of nature to an entirely new part of the American landscape.

The Impressionists: Manet Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC; DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006

The Impressionists Format: Boxed set, Color, NTSC; DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006; Run Time: 300 minutes

This authoritative and entertaining new series tells the stories of the artists who have captivated and thrilled people around the world for generations. It chronicles the life, times and works of each featured artist and explores their stylistic trademarks. The programs also place each artist in historical context, highlighting the events that inspired his work and providing a clearer understanding of the creative process. The six programs in this collection provide an in-depth look into the fascinating world of the Impressionists and their art. Includes Manet, Pissarro, Seurat, Monet, Degas, Renoir.

Guy Rose: American Impressionist (Exhibition Brochure) by Harvey L. Jones (Introduction) – Paperback; Publisher: The Oakland Museum (1995)

The Giverny Luminists: Frieseke, Miller and Their Circle by Bruce Weber – Paperback; Publisher: Berry-Hill Galleries (1995)

Anna Richards Brewster, American Impressionist by Judith Kafka Maxwell (Editor), Wanda M. Corn (Introduction), Leigh Culver (Contributor), Susan Brewster McClatchy (Contributor), Kirsten Swinth (Contributor) - Hardcover: 216 pages; Publisher: University of California Press (August 4, 2008)

Anna Richards Brewster, American Impressionist is the first in-depth study of an artist whose name is not well-known today but who was one of the most successful women artists of her time.

The Impressionists: Renoir Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC; Number of discs: 1; DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006

The Impressionists: Their Lives and Worlds by Eileen Romano – Hardcover: 159 pages Publisher: Studio (January 1, 1998)

This volume plunges readers into the heart of the Impressionists' world as it examines the complex network of artistic and personal relationships--from studio to coffeehouse to gallery--that nurtured such figures as Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Monet and Renoir. 235 illustrations, 24 in color.

Renoir's Women by Ann Dumas, John Collins – Hardcover: 127 pages Publisher: Merrell (September 2005)

Reader Review: I purchased this book after viewing this exhibition and i must say it includes alot of paintings that were not in the exhibit and all that were. The reproductions are beautiful, the text is very informative, however, i wish some of the images were larger. Nonetheless, definately a incredible addition to my collection of art books. Thanks!

Renoir and Algeria by Roger Benjamin, David Prochaska (Contributor) – Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Clark Art Institute (February 8, 2003)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was the only Impressionist artist to paint Orientalist themes, yet little has been written about the two journeys he took to the French North African colony of Algeria in 1881 and 1882. There he created more than two dozen stunning works, depicting exotic scenes of ancient stone mosques, milling crowds at a festival in the Casbah, and spectacular palm fronds in the botanical garden. This important book, published to accompany a traveling exhibition organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, assembles for the first time all of Renoir’s Algerian paintings as a coherent body of work. Handsomely illustrated, the book situates Renoir’s early studio Orientalism within the great tradition of French Orientalist painting. The landscapes and figure paintings Renoir completed in Algiers, several of which are previously unpublished, are discussed in the context of the topography of the city and of the ethnography of its people. Fascinating period photographs, engravings, maps, and postcards, together with an essay exploring the Algeria beyond Renoir’s canvases, provide important historical and cultural background on the country and on the French presence there.

Lilla Cabot Perry: An American Impressionist by Meredith Martindale, Pamela Moffat, Nancy Mowll Mathews – Paperback: 164 pages Publisher: Cross River Press; Reissue edition (March 1, 1995)

Reader review: As highlighted in the this book's essay by Nancy Mowll Mathews, Lilla Cabot Perry's story and work provide an interesting comparison to Mary Cassatt. Whereas Cassatt, Cecilia Beaux and several other 19th century women painters chose never to marry, some, like Berthe Morisot and Lilla Cabot Perry did manage to marry, raise children, and maintain a professional level of focus on their art.

This book contains many color plates of Lilla Cabot Perry's work: her portraits of her husband and three daughters, and her self portraits, as well as her landscapes. Ironically, she (like Sargent and others) were glad to be able to stop painting portraits and concentrate on landscapes. The examples in this book suggest that the portraits were by far the best of Perry's work.

Good book for those interested in Impressionism or women painters at the turn of the century.

Impressionist Quartet: The Intimate Genius of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt by Jeffrey Meyers – Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Harcourt (May 16, 2005)

Impressionist Quartet draws us into the inner lives of a core group of mid-nineteenth-century artists-Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Berthe Morisot-known, collectively, as the "Impressionists." Derided by critics, sneered at by contemporaries, their work sold for pittances. They were either marginalized or dismissed altogether by the French art establishment. And, to some degree, their iconic works have eclipsed them.

Portraying them as individuals and as fellow conspirators in a new way of seeing and representing the world, Jeffrey Meyers brings to life this most popular and influential group of painters in the entire history of art. The result is an accessible and wonderfully illuminating book that offers readers a fresh way of looking at these artists and the priceless, timeless masterpieces they created.

Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare by Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Juliet Wilson Bareau – Hardcover, 224 pages, Yale Univ Press, 1998

Symbolizing energy and progress, the railroad became a focus for Impressionist painters Manet, Monet, and other artists after the Franco-Prussian War. Based on new research into the streets and studios of Paris, this book identifies the site of Manet's picture GARE SAINT-LAZARE, contrasts his major works of the 1870s with earlier key paintings, and situates the artist within his setting and associates of the time. 60 color and 101 b&w illustrations.

Impressionists Side by Side: Their Friendships, Rivalries, and Artistic Exchanges by Barbara Ehrlich White – Hardcover, 292 pages, Published by Knopf, October 1996

From the author: My book is the first ever to focus on the important working relationships between pairs of Impressionist painters—between Degas and Manet, Monet and Renoir, and Cezanne and Pissarro; also, between Mary Cassatt and Bertha Morisot, and between Morisot and Manet, Cassatt and Degas, and Morisot and Renoir. The book explores their friendships, rivalries and artistic exchanges. For the first time, all the artists' portraits of one another and all of the paintings made side-by-side of the same subject are reproduced in color.

Impressionists Side By Side provides a unique perspective on both the individuality and commonality of the great Impressionists.

The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution (1986) Actors: Edward Herrmann, Victor Garber, Josef Sommer, Amy Irving, Paul Hecht, See

Director: Bruce Alfred
Box set, Color, NTSC
Number of discs: 2
Studio: A&E Home Video
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
Run Time: 200 minutes

This epic documentary does a wonderful job of recapturing the revolutionary impact the impressionists made while providing a historical and artistic context for this extraordinary group of painters. The work of Monet, Degas, Morisot, and their fellow impressionists has now become so familiar that its power to shock has all but disappeared. Young and resolutely modern, these artists threw off the shackles of academic art to capture everyday life in paintings that were iconoclastic in both style and subject. At first they struggled to survive because their work was rejected by the conservative Paris Salon, but those with independent means helped those without (Monet in particular was frequently rescued from poverty by his friends), and gradually they became impossible to ignore. Bruce Alfred's script thoroughly explains the development of the impressionists' approach to art and reveals fascinating aspects of their individual personalities, while a combination of dramatic reconstructions, period photographs, and the paintings themselves creates a rich and informative visual tapestry. Anyone with an interest in the history of art will find much to enjoy. —Simon Leake

Leaders of American Impressionism: Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John H. Twatchman [and] J. Alden Weir by Brooklyn Museum – Unknown Binding: 43 pages Publisher: Arno Press (1974) Publisher: Arno Press (1974)

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