"The Impressionist Print" by Michel Melot

The Impressionist Print Michel Melot, Caroline Beamish

Publication date:
21 Nov 1996
Yale University Press
296 pages: 241 x 155 x 35mm
240 b&w illustrations, 60 colour plates

Degas, Pissaro, Renoir and other impressionist painters often experimented with printmaking techniques, producing such works as black-and-white etchings, aquatints, dry points and colour lithographs. This study aims to provide an understanding of the impressionist prints.

"In this truly comprehensive book, Melot . . . demonstrates the impact of the political, technological, and economic conditions of 19th-century France on Impressionist printmaking."?Library Journal

"This is the first comprehensive look at the role of the print in Impressionist art as a whole. Melot . . . analyses the relationships between artists and between them and the art market, the critics, the collectors and the political institutions of the time. A valuable contribution on the Impressionist movement as well as the history of the print."?Art Times

"This erudite, strongly bound volume takes stock of the contribution of printmakers to Impressionism, which increases our knowledge of that great movement. . . . A very thorough book and carefully annotated."?Byron Ireland, Day By Day

"A valuable contribution on the Impressionist movement as well as on the history of the print."?Art Times

"This beautifully written and produced book is most worthy of its subject, prints by artists associated with the Impressionists, from 1850 to 1900. . . . Without being overly technical, the author clarifies the various techniques and stages in making prints and demonstrates how commercial success could develop from artistic endeavors that cultivated spontaneity, expressiveness, uniqueness, and invention. Highly recommended."?Choice

"This book is an important addition to the literature on Impressionist prints, not least because it underlines the integral role that printmaking played in the development of some of the major painters of the period."?William Weston, Art Newspaper