Vibrant impressionism: 35 photos in nature, studios, gardens and greenhouses
Edgar DegasJulie, a daughter of Berthe Morisot, recalled the friendly dinners where Edgar Degas was running around the table with the camera like a child who got hold of a treasure. He took photographs of his friends, their children, sitters and ballerinas. Some of these photographs became sketches for the artist’s future paintings.
- Photo: Edgar Degas. After the bath. Woman wiping her back.
- The painting with the same title by Edgar Degas.
Pierre-Auguste RenoirRenoir was portrayed many times, and these photographs can be of great help if we want to trace several decades of his life, to find the images of his favorite sitters, friends and family. He spent the last seven years of his life on a wheelchair, but this did not keep him from working even when his hands became motionless and a paintbrush had to be tied to them.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Stéphane Mallarmé. December 1895. Photo by Edgar Degas.
- Auguste Renoir seated in his studio in Paris
- Auguste Renoir painting outdoors in Cagnes, 1912-1914.
Claude MonetClaude Monet was a media personality: the reporters came to Giverny to photograph and
interview the artist. Politicians, princes and princesses, actors, directors, gallery owners walked in his garden.
- Claude Monet by the pond with water lilies. 1910.
- Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau on the Japanese Giverny Bridge, 1921.
Claude Monet and actress Charlotte Lysès at Giverny, 1915. Photograph by Sacha Guitry.
In this photographic cycle from the workshop in Giverny, not only the dimensions of the paintings are shocking. Just look what kind brushes the artist used to paint the famous panels with water lilies!
Henri de Toulouse-LautrecPhotographer Maurice Gibert was a close friend of Toulouse-Lautrec. Ironic, shedding, amusing, and shocking Lautrec is much more convincing than the literary and biographical image of a single disabled person.
Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro was constantly surrounded by people: students, members of his large family, colleagues. He was the artist who had a rare talent of a convincing teacher.
- Camille Pissarro with his sons Lucien, Felix and Ludovic-Rodo, 1894
- Paul Cézanne (in the middle) and Camille Pissarro (on the right) at Auvers-sur-Oise, 1874
- Camille Pissarro with a canvas trolley, near his home in Eragny. 1895.
- Camille Pissarro with his family. 1895.
Gustave CaillebotteBeau Caillebotte in the center of Paris, or engineer Caillebotte with drawings of another
boat, or florist Caillebotte, who grew more flowers than painted — the artist resembles the subject of one of his paintings.
Photograph by Martial Caillebotte, the artist’s brother.
- Gustave Caillebotte and his dog Bergère on the Place du Carrousel, Paris. Photo taken around 1892 by Martial Caillebotte
- Gustave Caillebotte in his greenhouse. 1892.
John Singer SargentSargent was an artist and a traveler, the artist without a home and homeland, and he lived, perhaps, in the most impressionistic way. He was an American who grew up and later lived in all of Europe with hundreds of travel sketches left after him.
John Singer Sargent painting outdoors. 1888−1889.
Berthe MorisotFor a long time, critics did not take Berthe Morisot seriously. She was fabulously beautiful, and therefore they expected from her a successful marriage and an early breaking up with painting, as if with a temporary whim.
Berthe Morisot 1870.
- Berthe Morisot with her husband Eugène Manet and their daughter, Julie in Bougival (c.1880)
- Berthe Morisot 1893.
Collected by Anna Sydelnykova