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While books on Impressionism are plentiful, this is one of the best that I have come across. Professor Herbert, who taught at Yale for thirty-four years, writes with clarity and style, and presents us with over 300 photographs (most in full color; many full page). Much like Melly's book on Surrealism, this publication shares words and images with the cultural ferment of Paris. The book's subtitle, Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society, suggests the author's intent to depict the larger vision of the role of art in society, and he delivers. This is a fresh, lucid and handsome publication.
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Date:Apr 1, 1992
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