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Thomson, Richard 1953-

Works: 133 works in 456 publications in 2 languages and 11,820 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Art  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Curator, Editor, Contributor, Publishing director, wst, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: ND553.S5, 759.4
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Thomson
Seurat by Richard Thomson( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camille Pissarro : impressionism, landscape and rural labour by Richard Thomson( Book )

20 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre by Richard Thomson( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Illustrated with 370 color plates, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre is the first major work to present the artist's oeuvre in the context of Montmartre's lively art scene from roughly 1885 to 1901. Accompanying an exhibition of the same name at the National Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, the book features the important paintings, drawings, prints, and posters Toulouse-Lautrec made on Montmartre subjects. It also includes masterpieces by contemporaries he inspired or who inspired him - Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, and others - as well as rarely seen illustrations, lithographs, photographs, and ephemera of the era. And it discusses the artists, writers, actors, singers, and dancers who formed Toulouse-Lautrec's circle."--Jacket
Vincent Van Gogh and the painters of the petit boulevard by Cornelia Homburg( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most people think of van Gogh as a tortured loner, but the engrossing Vincent van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard makes plain his great desire to be part of the art world of his time. Focusing on the years between 1886 (when he came to Paris) and 1890 (the year of his death), four art historians examine the competitive spirit of young radical painters who searched for ways to express their reactions to an industrialized world increasingly remote from the idealized values of peasant life. The painters (who included Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac, and Émile Bernard) were vastly different from one another in style and temperament. Yet van Gogh embraced them all as "painters of the petit boulevard"--Fellow unrecognized artists toiling in out-of-the-way studios and showing their work in cafés rather than in swank galleries. Dreaming of founding a colony of like-minded painters he called "The Studio of the South," van Gogh decamped to Arles in 1888. But the only artist who joined him, for two stressful months, was Gauguin. Both were loners, and differences loomed large. While van Gogh worked from nature, conveying his physical engagement with thick marks on canvas, Gauguin looked inward, abstracting objects with a thin application of paint. Even on a personal level, Gauguin's swaggering ease with the local women magnified van Gogh's insecurities. Each essay illuminates a different aspect of the complex personal, social, and artistic motivations that fueled each "petit boulevard" artist's search for a personal artistic identity. Lavishly illustrated and fluidly written, this book is the catalog for an exhibition of the same name at the St. Louis Art Museum (through May 13, 2001) and the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (June 8-September 2, 2001)."
Seurat and the Bathers by John Leighton( Book )

14 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Seurat and The Bathers the authors discuss the various choices Seurat made with regard to subject, format and technique in preparing this monumental painting. They relate Seurat's working methods - the preparatory oil sketches and drawings - and the painting's physical nature - colour, brushwork and surface - to his academic training, his study of optical theory, the development of his distinctive drawing style, and his early interest in plein-air oil sketching and impressionism. Stylistically, Seurat responded to the French tradition of monumental figure painting and also to contemporary artists, both Salon painters and Impressionists, arriving at a paradoxical but subtle new synthesis. Finally the authors consider the subject matter of the Bathers in relation to other nineteenth-century representations of middle- and working-class life and leisure activities in the Parisian suburbs, particularly at Asnieres
Degas, the nudes by Richard Thomson( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The private Degas by Richard Thomson( Book )

21 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Van Gogh to Kandinsky : symbolist landscape in Europe 1880-1910 by Rodolphe Rapetti( Book )

17 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Finnish National Gallery, this catalogue accompanies the first exhibition dedicated to landscapes by the Symbolists, the innovative movement whose artists took a more imaginative and emotional approach to painting and embraced themes such as music, nationalism, science and modernity. It covers a wide range of artists, from forerunners of symbolism, like Bocklin and Whistler, to Mondrian and Kandinsky, who provided the impulse for major 20th-century movements, such as surrealism and abstraction. Exhibition: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (24.2.-17.6.2012); The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (14.7.-14.10.2012); Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (16.11.2012-17.2.2013)
Edgar Degas : Waiting by Richard Thomson( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edgar Degas was one of the great pioneers of modern art, and the J. Paul Getty and Norton Simon museums are fortunate to own jointly one of his finest pastels, Waiting (L'Attente), which he made sometime between 1880 and 1882, about midway in his career." "In this fascinating monograph, author Richard Thomson explores this brilliant work in detail, revealing both the intricacies of its composition and the source of the emotional pull it immediately exerts upon the viewer. For Waiting is, indeed, an extraordinary object both in its craftsmanship and color and, perhaps most especially, in its aura of ambiguity and even mystery."--Jacket
The troubled republic : visual culture and social debate in France, 1889-1900 by Richard Thomson( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fin-de-siecle France was a period of considerable political and social unease. Governments were unstable, strikes, demonstrations and anarchist terrorism abounded and deep social differences made it difficult to sustain the sense of national identity that the Third Republic sought to foster. Yet at the same time, this decade produced a vibrant visual culture - monumental sculpture, mural decoration, avant-garde painting, posters, illustrations and photography - much of which was used to give expression France's ideological arguments. This book examines the art of this period and shows how it affected - and was affected by - four key issues in social debate."--Jacket
Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec : London and Paris, 1870-1910 by Anna Gruetzner Robins( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1870 and 1910 the burgeoning populations and hectic speed of life in London and Paris fascinated artists on both sides of the English Channel. French artists such as Edgar Degas and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec pioneered new ways of representing city life, profoundly influencing many British artists." "This publication examines the exciting and controversial exchange of pictorial and aesthetic ideas that took place as British art adapted to modernity, and explores the rich interplay between the making, exhibiting and collecting of new figurative art. The pivotal figures in this cross-cultural dialogue are Degas, hailed in Britain as a genius; Sickert, whose Degas-inspired art explored the gritty, urban side of modern life; and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose largest one-man show was staged in Regent Street, London. Works by these and other key artists, including Vuillard, Bonnard, Tissot, Whistler, Steer and Rothenstein, involved society portraiture and posters, scenes of the street and public entertainment, creating evocative images of the decadence and spectacle of the fin-de-siecle metropolis"--Jacket
Prints abound : Paris in the 1890s : from the collections of Virginia and Ira Jackson and the National Gallery of Art by Phillip Dennis Cate( Book )

17 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

97 original prints for posters, portfolios, illustrated books and journals, song sheets, and music primers, all created during the 1890s in Paris, were presented in this exhibition. The showing also included 15 printed volumes and 20 drawings, together with a four-panel color lithographic folding-screen. Works by artists Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Paul Signac, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Félix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard were included. The exhibition was selected primarily from the Virginia and Ira Jackson Collection of prints in the National Gallery of Art
Impressionist drawings : from British public and private collections by Christopher Lloyd( Book )

17 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art of the actual : naturalism and style in early Third Republic France, 1880-1900 by Richard Thomson( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book explores the representation between the political culture of early Third Republic France and the visual arts, primarily painting. The Republic had come into being in 1870, but it was only about 1880 that its politics became coherently republican. The regime, with its rhetoric of liberty, equality and fraternity, pursued policies which were secular and anti-clerical, also emphasizing its commitment to science and technology. By this time naturalism was becoming the dominant mode in contemporary intellectual life and literature. With its understanding that art of all kinds should be drawn from the everyday world, that no subject was unworthy to be treated, and a degree of flexibility in representation, naturalism was an ideal aesthetic match for republican ideology. This consensual alliance was the dominant cultural mode in early Third Republic France, found in public decorations, Salon paintings and throughout visual culture. The book also considers how some artists, aided by the liberalization of censorship in 1881, stretched the frontiers of the descriptive and added a critical edge to their work by introducing elements of caricatural style into their work. It asks whether under an ostensibly egalitarian Republic there was genuinely art produced by and for the people, not necessarily in hock to naturalist paradigms, or whether art was essentially filtered down from the upper echelons. The various ways artists stretched naturalist expectation, particularly by engaging with scientific concepts, is also assessed"--
Theo van Gogh, 1857-1891 : art dealer, collector, and brother of Vincent by Chris Stolwijk( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Framing France : the representation of landscape in France, 1870-1914( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monet : the early years by George T. M Shackelford( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This elegant volume is the first to be devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet (1840-1926). Bringing together the greatest paintings from his early career-including his first Salon-exhibited work, the Kimbell Art Museum's La Pointe de la Heve at Low Tide; Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) and The Magpie from the Musee d'Orsay; and The Green Wave and La Grenouillere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art-it features essays by distinguished scholars, focusing on the evolution of Monet's own distinctive mode of painting. Through the 1860s, the young painter absorbed and transformed a variety of influences, from the lessons of the Barbizon school and his mentor Boudin to the challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley. Artistic innovation and personal ambition shaped the work of the celebrated impressionist painter from the very start of his long and illustrious career
Monet : the Seine and the sea, 1878-1883 by Michael Clarke( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Monet: The Seine and The Sea shows Monet the innovator, the daring Impressionist challenging his brush to record the shifting moods of nature, as well as Monet the competitor, taking on the example of previous painters and reshaping their motifs in his vigorously personal painting."--Jacket
Seurat's Circus sideshow by Richard Thomson( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mystery, color, and magic of the circus was a subject of fascination for European artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The French Post-Impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-1891) explored this theme in a number of drawings and sketches, as well as in his 1888 Pointillist masterwork, Circus Sideshow. Drawing connections to Parisian street life, to the works of other artists, and to the broader complexities of modern life, this lively book establishes Circus Sideshow as a pioneering work in the genre of circus-themed art. Lush reproductions of the work are buttressed by images of Seurat's preparatory drawings and ephemera from circuses and street performances of the time to offer a full understanding of the historical context"--
Toulouse-Lautrec by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre
Toulouse-Lautrec and MontmartreVincent Van Gogh and the painters of the petit boulevardSeurat and the BathersEdgar Degas : WaitingThe troubled republic : visual culture and social debate in France, 1889-1900Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec : London and Paris, 1870-1910Prints abound : Paris in the 1890s : from the collections of Virginia and Ira Jackson and the National Gallery of ArtTheo van Gogh, 1857-1891 : art dealer, collector, and brother of Vincent
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Thomson, R.

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