| art history
| 19th c.
| Cassatt painted intimate, beautiful images that reveal the world of women (especially mothers) and children.
| Degas was adept at capturing the moments of modern life - from his depictions of dancers and bathers, to his fascination with scenes of bars and cafes, Degas gives us a glimpse of the late 19th century.
| Manet's striking paintings Olympia
, D�jeuner sur l'Herbe
, and The Bar at the Folies Berg�re
are famous for their enigmatic and complex meanings.
| His series devoted to Water Lilies
, Rouen Cathedral
, and Haystacks
, respectively, demonstrate that Monet was a legendary master of light.
| Like Cassatt, Morisot also rebelled against conventions that discouraged women from becoming artists, and created her own niche in the Impressionist movement.
| Artist Camille Pissarro is chiefly remembered for his lyrical representations of landscapes.
| A talented painter of decorative images, Renoir specialized in depicting voluptuous nudes and poetic images of women.
An intriguing introduction to Impressionism, this book from the Phaidon Art & Ideas series covers such topics as "The Artist as Subject", "Naturalism in Plein-air", and "Commerce and Creativity" in relation to the works of many Impressionist artists, including Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas, and Pissarro. Color pictures add to the allure of this book.