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The Annenberg Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Stein, Susan Alyson, and Asher Ethan Miller, eds., with texts by Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, Mark Rosenthal, and Susan Alyson Stein
338 pages
85 illustrations
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The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, watercolors, and drawings constitutes one of the most remarkable gifts ever made to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A centerpiece of the Museum's world-renowned holdings of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art, the Annenberg Collection reflects the discriminating taste, generosity, and inspired foresight of two exceptional benefactors. This revised and expanded edition of the original catalogue, published two decades ago, presents more than fifty masterworks by eighteen of the greatest artists of the period. Notable for the astonishing quality of its individual works and for its range, the collection celebrates the many facets of avant-garde art as it unfolded in paintings ranging from Corot's fresh-faced young girl of the early 1860s to Picasso's world-weary harlequin of 1905. The landscape of France is seen in alluring variety: sunlit garden scenes by the Impressionists and iconic vistas of Provence by Van Gogh and Cézanne join seaside views by Seurat and Braque in which Pointillist calculation gives way to riotous Fauve color. The scope of the artists' devotion to still life and flower painting embraces the exquisite harmonics of Fantin-Latour's fine-tuned bouquets as well as the bold grandeur of Monet's late water lilies. Other signature subjects are handsomely represented by works that showcase Degas's dancers and milliners, Renoir's rosy nudes, Gauguin's Tahitians, Lautrec's streetwalkers, Matisse's odalisques, and Vuillard's domestic interiors. Among the numerous highlights are such benchmark pictures as Cézanne's early portrait or his Uncle Dominique. Renoir's Daughters of Catulle Mendes, Monet's Camille Monet on a Garden Bench, Van Gogh's La Berceuse, and Picasso's At the Lapin Agile.

This richly illustrated and fully documented volume includes in-depth discussions of each of the works of art, written by leading experts in the field. Their insightful texts, benefiting from the latest scholarly and technical findings, are accompanied by newly updated provenance information, exhibition histories, and references. A comprehensive bibliography and index are provided at the back of the book.

The Curious Little Girl, Camille Corot  French, Oil on cardboard, laid down on wood
A Woman Reading, Camille Corot  French, Oil on canvas
1869 and 1870
On the Beach, Dieppe, Eugène Boudin  French, Oil on wood
On the Beach, Sunset, Eugène Boudin  French, Oil on wood
Princess Pauline Metternich (1836–1921) on the Beach, Eugène Boudin  French, Oil on cardboard, laid down on wood
ca. 1865–67
Madame Manet (Suzanne Leenhoff, 1829–1906) at Bellevue, Edouard Manet  French, Oil on canvas
Italian Woman, Edgar Degas  French, Graphite and watercolor on laid paper
ca. 1856–57
Dancer, Edgar Degas  French, Pastel and charcoal on blue-gray wove paper
ca. 1880
Dancer with a Fan, Edgar Degas  French, Pastel on gray-green laid paper
ca. 1880
At the Milliner's, Edgar Degas  French, Pastel on five pieces of wove paper, backed with paper, and laid down on canvas
Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly, Mary Cassatt  American, Oil on canvas, American
Race Horses, Edgar Degas  French, Pastel on wood
ca. 1885–88
Asters and Fruit on a Table, Henri Fantin-Latour  French, Oil on canvas
Roses in a Bowl, Henri Fantin-Latour  French, Oil on canvas
Roses and Lilies, Henri Fantin-Latour  French, Oil on canvas
Camille Monet (1847–1879) on a Garden Bench, Claude Monet  French, Oil on canvas
A Summer Sketch:  Parisians in the Countryside, Honoré Daumier  French, Lithograph on wove paper (newsprint)
A Country House Near Paris: --Well, my dear... it's a good thing we had the idea to plant a house. Without it, we wouldn't have had shade all summer! from The Pleasures of a Country Holiday, published in Le Charivari, Honoré Daumier  French, Lithograph on newsprint; second state of two (Delteil)
May 24, 1858
Poppy Fields near Argenteuil, Claude Monet  French, Oil on canvas
Camille Monet (1847–1879) in the Garden at Argenteuil, Claude Monet  French, Oil on canvas
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Bailey, Colin B. 2009. Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. New ed. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press.