Frederic Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism, Exhibition Catalog

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Michel Hilaire, general heritage curator and director of the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, edited this collective work. Paul Perrin is curator of paintings at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Kimberly Jones is associate curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Frederic Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism, Exhibition Catalog

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Michel Hilaire, Paul Perrin, and Kimberly Jones

Accompanying the exhibition Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism at the National Gallery of Art, this catalog presents a collection of essays, paintings, and personal correspondence celebrating the life and legacy of Frédéric Bazille, an instrumental but largely unsung impressionist talent.


The paintings of Frédéric Bazille (1841–1870) were rediscovered after the turn of the 19th-century by art critics and curators who credited the artist as an important pioneer in the development of impressionism. Tracing his artistic career from its inception—including his links to Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cézanne—this book unveils Bazille’s complete painted works.


Organized both thematically and chronologically, this monograph also features facsimiles of the artist’s personal letters interspersed throughout the book on special paper inserts, and it is completed with a comprehensive bibliography, a list of works, and maps detailing his life in Montpellier and Paris.

  • Hardcover
  • 9 x 12 inches
  • 334 pages, 250 illustrations
  • Published: 2017

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