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Cezanne and the End of Impressionism: A Study of the Theory, Technique, and Critical Evaluation of Modern Art

ISBN13: 9780226753065
ISBN: 0226753069
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $38.0
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Published Date:
Pages: 318
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Drawing on a broad foundation in the history of nineteenth-century French art, Richard Shiff offers an innovative interpretation of Cézanne's painting. He shows how Cézanne's style met the emerging criteria of a "technique of originality" and how it satisfied critics sympathetic to symbolism as well as to impressionism. Expanding his study of the interaction of Cézanne and his critics, Shiff considers the problem of modern art in general. He locates the core of modernism in a dialectic of making (technique) and finding (originality). Ultimately, Shiff provides not only clarifying accounts of impressionism and symbolism but of a modern classicism as well.