The Private Lives of the Impressionists

About the Author

Sue Roe is the author of several books, including a widely praised biography of the artist Gwen John. She lives and teaches in Brighton, England.

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

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Written by Sue Roe

Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Morisot, and Cassatt. Though they were often ridiculed or ignored by their contemporaries, astonishing sums are now paid for the works of these artists, whose paintings are celebrated for their ability to capture the moment, not only in the fleeting lights of a landscape but in scenes of daily life. Their dazzling pictures are familiar—but how well does the world know the Impressionists as people? The Private Lives of the Impressionists tells their story. It is the first book to offer an intimate and lively biography of the world's most popular group of artists.


In a vivid and moving narrative, biographer Sue Roe shows the Impressionists in the studios of Paris, rural lanes of Montmartre, and rowdy riverside bars as Paris underwent Baron Haussmann's spectacular transformation. For more than twenty years they lived and worked together as a group, struggling to rebuild their lives after the Franco-Prussian War and supporting one another through shocked public reactions to unfamiliar canvases depicting laundresses, dancers, spring blossoms, and boating scenes.


This intimate, colorful, superbly researched account takes us into their homes and studios, and describes their unconventional, volatile, and precarious lives, as well as the stories behind the paintings.

  • Softcover
  • 6.1 x 9 inches
  • 368 pages
  • Published: 2006

Editorial Reviews

"Exceptionally detailed and thoroughly researched. . . . Roe has done an admirable job of unearthing . . . countless . . . source materials." —San Fransisco Chronicle

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