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Sargent: The Masterworks

This visual feast of Sargent's most acclaimed creations is time well spent for art students and curious general readers. Highly recommended for all art collections.

Three Somebodies: Plays About Notorious Dissidents

For those who enjoy the theater of the absurd. This might be a puzzling read for readers looking for straight narrative, but it could be brilliant in the abstract.

Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines

Should be read by young actors as Nolte the mentor. Recommended for film collections and film buffs.

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party

By explicating the pictorial representation of Renoir's circle, this book provides a renewed appreciation for its milieu and highlights both history and aesthetics. Highly recommended for all art collections containing impressionist studies.

Japan's Love for Impressionism: From Monet to Renoir

Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries for calling attention to this special discovery.

Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision

Foa skillfully covers new ground in Seurat studies. This work will appeal to art scholars and students as well as the general reader interested in 19th-century French painting and its influence in the new advancements on ways of seeing pictures and their meaning in the real world. Suitable for most art book collections.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

The impressionists and their works have become icons in the art world, and this catalog shows appreciation for a behind-the-scenes champion who helped make the movement a permanent and much-loved presence. Highly recommended.

Painted Glories: The Brancacci Chapel in Renaissance Florence

There is more on religion than aesthetics here, but the volume provides an understanding of the culture in which the chapel was created and its usefulness as a religious shrine. Recommended for all Renaissance art book collections as well as church libraries.

John Singer Sargent. Vol. 8: Figures and Landscapes 1908–1913: The Complete Paintings

This beautifully produced volume includes 299 color illustrations and documents Sargent's travels and the development of his mastery as a painter of a variety of subjects other than portraits. Essential for most art book collections, which should consider purchasing the entire set.

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