Impressive impresionism

While Musée d’Orsay in Paris opens a bold exhibition: “Splendeurs et Misères. Images of Prostitution, 1850-1910”, advising that “some images (…) may be shocking for some visitors”, at Moebius Books we have some nice books on impresionism.

Sorolla: The Masterworks
Written by Blanca Pons-Sorolla


A new survey of the best works by the elusive and spectacular Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. Often compared to his contemporary, the American artist John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923) was a master draftsman and painter of landscapes, formal portraits, and monumental, historically themed canvases. Highly influenced by French Impressionism, the Valencian artist was a master plein-air painter known for his luminous seaside scenes of frolicking youths and for vivid depictions of Spanish rural life and its pleasures and customs. This beautifully designed and produced volume brings together one hundred of Sorolla’s major paintings, selected by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the foremost authority on the artist. Benefiting from close proximity to the artist and his personal archives, she presents an in-depth essay that explores Sorolla’s life, work, and remarkable international legacy. With virtually all of the artist’s previous publications now out of print, this much-anticipated volume is an important addition to the literature on this great Spanish master.
About the Author
Blanca Pons-Sorolla is the foremost scholar on the work of Joaquín Sorolla and has written and contributed to numerous books.

Berthe Morisot
Written by Jean-Dominique Rey, Foreword by Sylvie Patry


A comprehensive, illustrated tribute to the life and works of the most influential female Impressionist painter. Berthe Morisot won over the Impressionists with her talent and became the first woman of the period alongside Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley. Morisot’s paintings demonstrate how far ahead of her time she was when she created them, pioneering a new style of painting. However, she was underestimated for more than a century–most probably because she was a woman. This book, a comprehensive monograph showcasing the life and works of this influential artist, focusies on the important stages of her career, including her first participation in the Salon de Paris at the age of twenty-three in 1864. Moreover, the book assesses the significance of the time certain paintings were created, taking into consideration what was happening in the artist’s life during that period. For example, in 1874 Berthe married Eugène, Manet’s brother, and gave birth to their daughter, Julie Manet, who became the subject of many of Morisot’s subsequent paintings. Berthe Morisot includes personal correspondence between Morisot and other important figures of the Impressionist movement, providing unique insight into this fascinating period. Portraits of her by her fellow artists have become significant works from the period. Likewise, she was heralded by the greatest writers of her time; a tribute anthology of citations from Paul Valéry, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Jean Cocteau offers an intimate portrait of the artist and her work. This book is an essential read for any lover of Berthe Morisot’s work, and indeed for anyone who appreciates the work of the Impressionists. Her works can be found in: The National Gallery, Washington D.C., Cleveland Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of the Arts, The Art Institute Williamstown, Massachusetts, as well as many other institutions.
> About the Author
Jean-Dominique Rey, art historian and exhibition curator, has published numerous essays, memoirs, and books including Monet: Water Lilies (Flammarion, 2008). Sylvie Patry, curator at the Musée d’Orsay, organized two retrospective exhibitions on Morisot.

Robert Carsen is the artistic director of the exhibition “Splendeurs et Misères, Images of Prostitution 1850-1910” at the Musée d’Orsay. He explains some of his choices.