No other group of artists has had such an impact on art in the last 200 years nor had works that, in recent years, have reached figures into the upper tens of millions of dollars. The Treasures of the Impressionists looks at the journeys and the struggle that the Impressionists endured to establish themselves as creditable performers on the world stage and gain the acknowledgement from both critics and public alike. Containing major works by artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Pissarro and Cezanne, the books explains what influenced this band of painters, how they struggled against the establishment and how they changed the face of art forever.
Jon Kear is Head of History and Theory of Art at the University of Kent. He obtained his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute and is on the editorial board of Art on Line . He is also on the steering committee of ACUME's Cultural Thematic Network, which is based at the University of Bologna. He is the author of numerous articles and a contributor to various publications, such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art and is the author of Sunless: Time and History in the Work of Chris Marker (1999).