Impressionists’ Seasons – Russell Ash

Impressionists’ Seasons was a book that instantly caught my eye, as my focus is on art books, and I immediately fell in love with it. As far as the Impressionists are concerned, I want to know almost everything; Since this book adds the theme of the seasons to work, it was impossible not to read such a book with love.


Impressionists' Seasons - Russell Ash

Impressionists’ Seasons showcases the paintings of many famous Impressionist painters through the seasons. While reliving the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter months in all their splendour in Impressionist paintings, it was an absolute pleasure to read the quotes carefully chosen by the author. What writers say about the seasons, poets’ poems on certain topics such as seasons or flowers, and quotes from painters’ letters; complements both the paintings and the seasons wonderfully. Unfortunately, even though I finished the book in one sitting, I’ll read it over and over, maybe at the beginning of each season, perhaps every time I get bored. If you have art-loving friends, I think it can be a great gift. Enjoy!

Impressionists' Seasons - Russell Ash

Impressionists’ Seasons

Impressionists’ Seasons: Many artists have derived inspiration from the seasons, but the Impressionists in particular found the changing year their greatest creative source. From brush to canvas, their impressions of the seasons and the quality of light in each have been realized in some of the best-loved and most-admired paintings.

Impressionists’ Seasons offers a detailed perspective on the art and thoughts of those painters, including Van Gogh, Manet and Seurat.Impressionists’ Seasons contains Impressionist scenes, from the balmy, shaded terrace of Renior’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” to Monet’s crisp winter landscapes. Russell Ash is the author of such titles as “James Tissot” and “The Impressionists and their Art”.

This elegantly slipcased volume ofImpressionists’ Seasons gloriously celebrates the colors and lights of the four seasons through some of the world’s most beloved Impressionistic paintings, excerpts from the artists’ own writings, and quotes from writers and poets.

Russell Ash

Russell Ash (18 June 1946 – 21 June 2010) was the British author of the Top 10 of Everything series of books, as well as Great Wonders of the World, Incredible Comparisons and many other reference, art and humour titles, most notably his series of books on strange-but-true names, Potty, Fartwell & Knob, Busty, Slag and Nob End and (for children) Big Pants, Burpy and Bumface. Once described as ‘the human Google’, his obituary in The Times stated that ‘In the age of the internet, it takes tenacity and idiosyncratic intelligence to make a living from purveying trivial information. Russell Ash did just that’.

Russell Ash wrote for both adults and children on a diverse range of subjects, including reference, art, history, biography and humour. ‘Top 10 of Everything’, probably his best-known work, has been published annually since 1989 and was the basis of a children’s TV series broadcast on ITV in 1998–2001. Related books – The Top 10 of Sport, The Top 10 of Music, The Top 10 of Film, Top 10 for Men, Top 10 of Britain and others – have been issued at intervals. Formerly published by Dorling Kindersley, Top 10 of Everything has been published by Hamlyn since 2006 and also appears in a number of translations.

The art books Russell Ash wrote during the 1990s include titles on the Pre-Raphaelites, the Impressionists and their contemporaries: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, James Tissot, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lord Leighton and Sir John Everett Millais.

He compiled a range of illustrated information books for children, including Incredible Comparisons (1996), The World in One Day (1997), The Factastic Book of 1001 Lists (1998), Factastic Millennium Facts (1999) and Great Wonders of the World (2000), all of which were published by Dorling Kindersley and internationally in numerous editions.

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