Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (Hardcover)

By Aimée Brown Price

Yale University Press, 9780300115710, 672pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2010

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An artist of pivotal importance to the generation of post-Impressionists from Seurat and Gauguin to Matisse and Picasso, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824 - 1898) played a crucial role in the history of late-19th-century French art and the development of modernism. He was an artist of great range, originality, and idiosyncratic invention who executed mural complexes, compelling easel paintings, and numerous works on paper. These two companion volumes—a critical study of the artist's life and art, and a catalogue raisonné of his paintings—introduce many of Puvis’s works for the first time, assess his contribution, and restore him to the pantheon of modern masters.

Volume I situates Puvis and his work in his time. With a wealth of new documentation, it addresses the theories, forces, and events that impinged on his art. Volume II is a complete compendium of Puvis's easel paintings and mural cycles for civic buildings throughout France as well as for the Boston Public Library.

About the Author

Aimée Brown Price is an independent scholar and the acknowledged authority on Puvis de Chavannes. In 1994 she organized a pioneering exhibition on his work at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. She lives in New York City.

Praise For Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

“. . . luxurious and profusely illustrated. . . . Brown Price’s catalogue raisonne will be. . . frequently consulted in decades to come.”

--Chris Riopelle, The Art Newspaper


— Chris Riopelle

 “A splendid production, amply supplied with plates in both color and black and white, featuring particularly fine new photography of the architecturally-installed murals, which earned him his greatest renown. Never have students of art and history had the opportunity to so fully explore the complexities of this most singular of painters. Without a doubt the book will remain a landmark in the essential scholarship of the period.” —19th Century Art Worldwide

— 19th Century Art Worldwide