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Toward modern art : from Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso
Lemoine, Serge.
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Da Puvis de Chavannes a Matisse e Picasso. English.
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New York : Rizzoli, [2002]

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567 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
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Catalog of an exhibition held at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 2002.

Translation of: Da Puvis de Chavannes a Matisse e Picasso.

Also published with title: From Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso.
The creator / Serge Lemoine -- Puvis de Chavannes and the "Solitary labour of the pure artist" / Bruno Foucart -- Puvis de Chavannes's critical fortune / Aimée Brown Price -- Puvis de Chavannes and the "petit boulevard" painters : Emile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh / Monique Nonne -- Degas and Puvis de Chavannes : reinventing classicism / Ann Dumas -- Puvis de Chavannes and the Nabis / Jean-Paul Bouillon -- The neo-impressionists and Puvis de Chavannes / Françoise Cachin -- Matisse and Puvis de Chavannes : four convergences plus a divergence / Rémi Labrusse -- From Puvis de Chavannes to Picasso, "to turn abstraction into the forge of signs" / Anne Baldassari -- Rodin and Puvis de Chavannes / Antoinette Le Normand-Romain -- "Was Puvis de Chavannes a painter?" / Catherine Chevillot -- Antoine Bourdelle : the untold posterity of Puvis de Chavannes / Véronique Gautherin -- Puvis de Chavannes and America / Aimée Brown Price -- Puvis de Chavannes in Italy : influences and denial / Claudio Pizzorusso -- Puvis de Chavannes and Russia / Pavel Y. Klimov -- The critic's opinion of Puvis de Chavannes in German-speaking countries around 1900 : artists, critics, art historians / Thomas Gaehtgens -- Puvis de Chavannes and the North / Peter Nørgaard Larsen -- Between naturalism and neo-romanticisme : Puvis de Chavannes and the evocative Norwegian landscape / Marit Lange -- Echoes in Albion's sacred wood : Puvis and British art / Robert Upstone -- Postscript / Richard J. Wattenmaker.
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This catalogue of the major exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice presents a groundbreaking interpretatioin of the birth of modern art. Serge Lemoine, curator of the exhibition and director of the Musee d'Orsay, proposes that "modern art does not descend, as is commonly thought, from Manet and Impressionism, but from . . . the French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898)." The author of monumental mural decorations in such civic buildings as the museums of Amiens, Lyons, Rouen, the Pantheon and the Sorbonne, Puvis de Chavannes had a remarkable influence on his contemporaries in France and abroad, including Seurat, Gauguin and Cezanne, as well as on later generations of artists. Equally indebted to Puvis de Chavannes are the great European symbolist painters, from Munch to Hodler. However, perhaps his most prestigious modern acolytes were Picasso and Matisse, who remained loyal to him all their lives.
This volume features detailed scholarly contributions analyzing Puvis de Chavannes's work and all his affiliations, as well as offering rich critical and documentary data on his numerous and notable disciples. Accompanied by over five hundred illustrations, this volume is a superb evocation of a period of great artistic ferment and outstanding creativity.
A landmark study, "Toward Modern Art makes the bold argument that modern art does not descend, as is commonly described, from Manet and Impressionism, but rather from the unlikely figure of French painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898). This gorgeously illustrated volume with over 500 full color illustrations, was organized by Serge Lemoine, director of Musee d'Orsay in Paris, and includes over 15 essays bydistinguished writers. Lemoine's side-by-side comparisons and expert commentary bear witness to his groundbreaking thesis.

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Library Journal Review

This catalog for a monumental show at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice focuses on the importance of Puvis de Chavannes in the development of modern sensibilities by showing his works alongside those of many artists from Europe and North America who were influenced by him. In the opening essay, Lemoine (director, Musee D'Orsay) argues for Puvis's rightful place as the father of modern painting. Nineteen additional essays by important scholars discuss Puvis's murals and easel paintings, located in many major public spaces in France. Respected by contemporaries Degas and Rodin, Puvis influenced younger artists from Czanne and Gauguin to Matisse and Picasso, as well as the Pre-Raphaelites, the Nabis, and other modern movements in many countries. The catalog of works contains more than 500 color illustrations of the massive amount of art assembled for the show, much of it from the Musee D'Orsay. A final important feature includes biographies of every artist in the show. Puvis is still best described by famed art critic Bernard Berenson in his 1897 essay on space composition in della Francesca and Perugino. Readers may also want to peruse Jennifer Laurie Shaw's Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism and the Fantasy of France and Aimee Brown-Price's Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. But the publication of this book is itself a truly exciting event, and no library in the 21st century with a Western art book collection is complete without it.-Ellen Bates, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This large catalog accompanies a significant exhibition in Venice celebrating the art and influence of a French artist (notably, a mural painter), Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-98). His murals are in the Boston Public Library, the Sorbonne, and the Pantheon and are characterized by large flat figures in rural landscapes with historical, religious, and civic themes and opaque colors. He held the unique position of being a member of the academy while being deeply admired by the avant-garde artists of his time (Rodin, Picasso, Degas, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, and other Italian, Russian, American, German, and Scandinavian artists). Yet his work and his influence were overlooked until recently. Richard Wattenmaker states that "Puvis de Chavannes must be considered for the catalytic role he played" in the development of modern art. An exhibit of de Chavannes' work in Amsterdam provided the first English-language book (Aimee Brown Price's Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, 1994) about him in some 60 years. This volume, with its beautiful color plates and 20 critical essays, fully convinces readers of the connection between him and his followers. A more specialized study is Jennifer L. Shaw's Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism, and the Fantasy of France (CH, Jul'02). Essential for all art study collections. All levels. N. M. Lambert University of South Carolina at Spartanburg