Impressionism has always been one of my favorite art styles. Perhaps that's because it is so accessible—the colors and forms are gorgeous to behold, and it doesn't matter whether you understand the artist's intention, the paintings are simply pleasing to look at. (But I also have to say that I especially like abstract art for just the opposite reason!!) But that doesn't mean that the subject matter is always pleasing, either. Impressionist painters captured poverty, sadness, and loneliness as well as peaceful water and fields of flowers and pretty ladies in lovely gowns. And though the trend originated with French artists, it spread around the globe. Artists of many nationalities are represented here.
Dover has put together a very nice collection of Impressionist paintings for this book and CD-ROM set. It includes well-known works by well-known artists and also lesser known works and artists, although usually only one work of theirs is pictured. The paintings are arranged alphabetically by artist and the date is included with the picture. There is an index in the back which supplies additional information, such as the size of the work and the medium used. It would have been nice if the museum or private collection where each work now resides would have also been mentioned.
As usual, I have chosen a variety of works that represent the diversity of this collection. Please note: I have not included any works by Claude Monet because I have a CD-ROM devoted to his works alone. You may also check out the Cross-Reference/Resource Index for France to see more works from this book.
Frank Benson: Sunlight, 1909; #007
Gustave Caillebotte: Paris, the Place de l'Europe on a Rainy Day, 1877; #015