Saltz on the Met’s ‘Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity’

Impressionism covers artists as unalike as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Frédéric Bazille, Gustave Courbet, and Paul Gauguin. Mostly despised in their own lifetimes, they are now among the most famous painters who’ve ever lived. Their triumph has been so total, in fact, that Impressionism is now overexposed. It’s considered middlebrow taste, the abracadabra museums use to bring in crowds. From our time, after so many reinventions of art, it’s hard to see what the fuss was about.

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