This book offers microhistories related to the transnational circulations of impressionism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The contributors rethink the role of "French" impressionism in shaping these iterations by placing France within its global and imperialist context and arguing that impressionisms might be framed through the mobility studies’ concept of "constellations of mobility." Artists engaging with impressionism in France, as in other global contexts, relied on, responded to, appropriated, and resisted elements of form and content based on fluid and interconnected political realities and market structures. Written by scholars and curators, the chapters demand reconsideration of impressionism as a historical construct and the meanings assigned to that term.
This project frames future discussion in art history, cultural studies, and global studies on the politics of appropriating impressionism.
1. Mapping Impressionist Constellations
Emily C. Burns and Alice M. Rudy Price
2. Camille Pissarro, Fritz Melbye, and Early Impressionist Innovation in Caracas
3. Impressionism as Erasure: Whistler and the Chincha Islands War
4. Frontier Impressionisms in the United States and Australia
Emily C. Burns
5. Transplanting Impressionism to Canada
6. Christian Krohg’s Images of Family Intimacy in the Age of Impressionism
7. An Arctic Impressionism? Anna Boberg and the Lofoten Islands
8. Jeune Turc, Jeune Femme: Impressions of a New "Beauté Orientale"
9. “Only the Colors Should Begin to Compose…”: Stanisław Wyspiański’s Window View(s) and the Politics of Polish Color
10. Institutionalizing Impressionism: Kuroda Seiki and Plein-Air Painting in Japan
11. From Famed Masters to a New Generation: Durand-Ruel’s Transatlantic Label ‘Impressionism’
Hadrien Viraben and Claire Hendren
12. "The Rayonnement of Our Ideals": French, German, and Nordic Painting in Fin-de-Siècle France
13. Impressionism Projected: Anna Ancher, Hygge, and Danish Modernism
Alice M. Rudy Price
14. "Echoes of Impressionism": Joaqúin Claussel and the Politics of Mexican Art
Mark A. Castro
15. Italian Futurism, Socialism, Urban Change, and Impressionism
Zoë Marie Jones