Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh

Lynne Ambrosini, Nienke Bakker, Rene Boitelle, Michael Clarke, Maite van Dijk, Frances Fowle

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract / Description of output

Joint author, lead editor of book; co-curator of accompanying exhibition (lead curator in Edinburgh). The book accompanied the first ever international exhibition (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) to focus on the work of Charles François Daubigny, a leading, but nonetheless overlooked, landscape painter of the mid-late nineteenth century, and an important forerunner of impressionism. The aim of the exhibition was to demonstrate the significance of Daubigny for the next generation, a task which was achieved through innovative curatorial practice as well as an academic book based on years of archival research. FF’s essay documented for the first time the spread of Daubigny’s influence through the studio and artists’ colony at Auvers, which was presented as an alternative ‘cradle of Impressionism’ (traditionally accepted as Paris and Normandy). This entailed looking beyond the scope of the exhibition to the work of Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Armand Guillaumin and others, as well as examining the pivotal role of collectors such as Dr Gachet, who became the friend and supporter of Van Gogh in the late 1880s, and Eugène Murer. These were some of the most challenging connections to be explored in the project and depth of knowledge and experience was required to bring them together in an account that is clear and lucid.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherNational Galleries of Scotland
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9781906270865
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • nineteenth century French art
  • Impressionism
  • post-impressionism

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