Periods, Groups & Movements: British Impressionism
Impressionism in Britain by Kenneth McConkey, Anna Gruetzner Robins – Hardcover: 224 pages; 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; Phaidon Press; 1st paperback edition (Oct 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; 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.

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