Impressionist (and Post Impressionist) suburbia

December 30, 2010

A trip to the Courtauld Gallery today reminded me that many late 19th and early 20th century artistic depictions of edge city inhabitation in general and industry in general were popular subjects for artists of the time. The collection holds examples of these in a Parisian suburban street by Utrillo (c. 1912) and a painting of Lordship Lane train station in Dulwich by Pissarro (1871).

Impressionists’ and Post Impressionists’ depiction of cities and industry(as the ‘new’ subject matter) is well known, but I wonder if this can be attributed to a more general interest in the growth and adaptation of the city itself.

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