Reviewed by David Savage
Well it is fast coming up to that time of year again – Christmas! And the worry of trying to find the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life begins. If you have an art lover within your friends and family circle where do you begin? Not everyone can afford to go out and purchase a work of art. That leaves the next best thing – a book of perfectly reproduced pictures of renowned works of art from world famous Impressionist artists such as Renoir, Gauguin, Degas, Cezanne, Monet, and Seurat as well as works from lesserknown artists such as Lovis Corinth, Childe Hassam, Lesser Ury, Peder Severin Krøyer, and Dame Laura Knight.
As the title suggests, A Year in Impressionism, from Prestel, features 365 Impressionist paintings – one for each day of the year! Spread out over 736 pages, this beautiful full colour, hardback book is perfect for art lovers and art students.
The 20x20cm book is laid out with a two page spread for each picture – the right side page shows the image, while the left side page shows the artist name, birth and death dates, the title of the picture, the size of the original painting and method used (i.e. oil on canvas, gouache on cardboard etc.), plus a large blank space for writing your notes and observations about the image.
A Year in Impressionism would make a perfect coffee table book for art lovers to flick through and enjoy the art. It would also be perfect for students studying Impressionism as it features the basic info and plenty of space to add your own comments, such as what you take from each picture rather than the authors own opinion.
So if you love Impressionist art and want to treat yourself or you want to get the perfect Christmas gift for an art lover then I don’t think you can go wrong with A Year in Impressionism.
RRP: £22.50 (hardcover)
Available to buy from Amazon here.