After Impressionism


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Inventing Modern Art

MaryAnne Stevens with contributions by Maria Alambritis, Julien Domercq, Charlotte de Mille, John Milner, Daniel Ralston, Christopher Riopelle, Camilla Smith and Sabine Wieber

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Through the 1880s the very essence of representation, meaning and process in Western art were profoundly interrogated. Plausible representations of the external world were cast aside in favour of non-naturalism expressed in varying degrees, from modest distortions of reality to pure abstraction.

The decades that followed, up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, were a complex, vibrant period of artistic questioning, searching, risk-taking and innovation. Concentrating on this period of great upheaval, this book will explore the constructive dialogue between painting and sculpture, and the influential roles played by three giants of the era, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, across European art as a whole. While acknowledging the centrality of Paris as a cultural capital, it will also uniquely highlight other centres of artistic ferment in Europe, from Brussels and Barcelona to Berlin and Vienna, and track the variety of routes into modernism in the early twentieth century.

This fully illustrated catalogue will contain four essays, introductions to each city of ferment and biographies of the artists.

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Exhibition Schedule:

The National Gallery, London 25 March–13 August 2023

MaryAnne Stevens is a scholar and independent curator.
Maria Alambritis is the Vivmar Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery, London.
Julien Domercq is a scholar and curator.
Charlotte de Mille is associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
John Milner is professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Daniel Ralston is the CEEH Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery, London.
Christopher Riopelle is the Neil Westreich Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London.
Camilla Smith is associate professor in Art History at the University of Birmingham.
Sabine Wieber is lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Glasgow.


The National Gallery, London 25 March–13 August 2023

ISBN: 9781857096958
Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
288 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
150 color illus.
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The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches
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Manet to Picasso

The National Gallery

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Challenging the Past

Elizabeth Cowling, Susan Grace Galassi, Christopher Riopell

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Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities

Painting, Poetry, Music

Cornelia Homburg; With contributions by Paul Smith and Laur

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Paintings by Peder Balke

Marit Ingeborg Lange, Knut Ljøgodt, and Christopher Riopell

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Thomas Cole's Journey

Atlantic Crossings

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Tim Barringer; With contrib

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