Book News The tried-and-true art book format employed here of full illustration on one page with facing commentary allows the reader to feel they are walking through a gallery of toothsome paintings while the author points out interesting details and provides anecdotes. Prelinger (art history, Georgetown U.) conveys a fond familiarity with these works in succinct prose. Slightly oversize: 9.25x9.25. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer American Impressionism presents outstanding works by turn-of-the-century painters who often worked outdoors to capture brilliant effects of light and color. A generation of artists such as Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Thomas and Maria Oakey Dewing, and William Merritt Chase studied abroad and absorbed advanced ideas that were revolutionizing painting in France. Landscapes, domestic scenes, and elegant figure compositions by Theodore Robinson, Mary Cassatt, and Robert Reid show the freedom and sparkling qualities of the new impressionist style. Early in the twentieth century, Maurice Prendergast and Daniel Garber took impressionism in new, more modern directions.