The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec Drawings and Prints from the Clark Jay A. Clarke, Mary Weaver Chapin, Anne Higonnet, Richard Kendall, Alastair Wright

Publication date:
12 Mar 2013
Clark Art Institute
160 pages: 267 x 241mm
80 color illus.
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This book offers a new look at works by notable French artists represented in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Color reproductions of fifty-eight works—ranging from chalk drawings by Charles François Daubigny and Edgar Degas to woodcuts by Paul Gauguin and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—accompany important reconsiderations of well-known works and print series. Essays by five prominent scholars consider the political, social, cultural, and market conditions that governed and motivated printmaking and drawing and examine how key artists contributed to the development of the graphic arts in 19th-century France. The volume concludes with a complete checklist of works included in the accompanying exhibition.

Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Mary Weaver Chapin is curator of graphic arts at the Portland Art Museum. Anne Higonnet is professor of art history at Barnard College. Richard Kendall is curator-at-large for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Alastair Wright is university lecturer in history of art and tutorial fellow at St. John’s College, University of Oxford.

"In all, the treatment of different media in a single catalogue is refreshing and enables the authors to address essential questions of style, technique, and process in the work of four highly distinct artists. . . . Clarke is to be commended for bringing together such top-notch expertise in a single volume."—Anne Leonard, H-France Review