The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886 – 1904
Neo-Impressionism, the style pioneered by Georges Seurat (1859 – 1891), has long been associated with exquisite landscapes and intriguing scenes of urban leisure. Yet the movement’s use of dotted brushwork and color theory also produced arresting portraits of unusual beauty and perception. The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886 – 1904 is the first book to examine the astonishing portraits produced by the most important figures of Neo-Impressionism, including Seurat himself, Henri-Edmond Cross, Georges Lemmen, Maximilien Luce, Paul Signac, Henry van de Velde, Vincent van Gogh, and Théo van Rysselberghe.
Two essays by esteemed scholar Jane Block detail the emergence of portraiture as a genre within the Neo-Impressionist movement, first in France and then in Belgium, as well as the continuing artistic dialogues between the regions. Hardcover: 256 pages with over one hundred color illustrations, biographies of seventeen Neo-Impressionist artists, and a scholarly catalogue of sixty paintings. Dimensions: 9-1/2 x 11-1/2”.
Authors: Professor Jane Block, University of Illinois, and Ellen Lee, Wood-Pulliam Senior Curator, Indianapolis Museum of Art, with contributions by Marina Ferretti Bocquillon and Nicole Tamburini.
Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886–1904 will be on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from June 15 - September 7, 2014.