After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art Catalogue
Special Gallery price £35.00 - RRP: £40.00
Accompanies the exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 25 March–13 August 2023
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, artists across Europe began to question the importance of realistic representation and to rethink their whole approach to the making of art. Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh were all trailblazers, breaking with established tradition and influencing new generations of artists. The decades that followed, up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, were a complex, vibrant period of creative searching, risk-taking and innovation. Every aspect of image-making was interrogated, as artists focused on the expression of ideas and emotions, and prioritised colour, line and surface over subject matter.
Focusing on this period of great change, this book explores the constructive dialogue between painting and sculpture, and the emergence of new centres of innovation across Europe, from Paris to Brussels, Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna. Each had its own unique style and approach, but all were ultimately connected and united in their desire to forge a new artistic language.
MaryAnne Stevens is a scholar and independent curator.
With contributions by Maria Alambritis, Julien Domercq, Charlotte de Mille, John Milner, Daniel Sobrino Ralston, Christopher Riopelle, Camilla Smith and Sabine Wieber.