World of Art


Origins, Practice, Reception

  1. Belinda Thomson
  • ISBN 9780500203354
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 272pp
  • 256 Illustrations, 201 in colour
  • First published 2000
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‘Belinda Thomson's Impressionism is an art-historical tour de force, compressing into a relatively short text an enormous amount of information … it is incisive and original … full of new insights and informed by recent developments in the social history of art … eloquent and eminently readable’ – Linda Nochlin

This highly accessible, informed and fresh account brings together the very latest research on this most popular of all art movements.

Belinda Thomson illuminates Impressionist art through the thinking and personal lives of the artists themselves, examining the factors that allowed Impressionism to develop when it did.

In her discussion of the style and subject matter of the paintings themselves, she draws on a wide range of sources and comparative material. She investigates the family background of the Impressionists, the importance of the art market and collecting, and the influence of the critical reception to their exhibitions.

Belinda Thomson studied at the University of East Anglia and at the Sorbonne, before taking her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute. She has published books on Gauguin, Vuillard, Post-Impressionism and Impressionism.