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In a book that reinvigorates the how-to genre, Jerry Fresia weaves together the actual practice of the early French Impressionists with the philosophy that both united and transformed a band of "intransigent" artists into an historical force. Never before has their method been so comprehensively revealed.

"The 'new painting' as a method of painting is as relevant today as it was in Paris over a century ago and it deserves to be revisited by contemporary artists. And yet, the more important contribution of the Impressionists is their understanding of what it meant to be an artist. Largely because they saw their world in terms other than those set out for them, they pioneered a creative process that produced the work as it expanded their freedom. We need to immerse ourselves into their spirituality so that we may rekindle our own." - Jerry Fresia

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About the Author

Jerry Fresia
fresiastudio Bellagio, Italy (Lake Como)

I studied painting in the studio of William Schultz, who in turn, studied with Robert Brackman. From Brackman we can trace a direct line, from student to teacher to Claude Monet. It was within the studio system of teaching, then, that I was taught both the practice and philosophy of French Impressionism.

I received my PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. I taught at several colleges and universities and wrote two books on American politics. I have also written extensively on painting.

I exhibit and sell my paintings in my own art gallery (FRESIA Galleria d'Arte) in Bellagio, Italy. I also organize painting classes as well as produce art books and painting videos.

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laurat2000

laurat2000 says

These r a master piece!

posted at 03:34am Dec 07 PST

Conchitina

Conchitina says

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I found this book both inspiring and practical –this combination is quite an achievement but it reflects Jerry Fresia’s whole approach to painting. I have taken Jerry’s classes twice, and of course I found that the more you learn the more there is to learn—so this book helps me to continue that path, although it can stand alone if you can’t make it to his studio in Lenno. It does remind me of the methods I was taught but more importantly it connects to Jerry’s passion for painting and by understanding the philosophy of this approach I learn not to paint objects but to connect to the visual world in a new way. His knowledge is deep and his explanations are those of a great teacher – engaging and personal. Highly recommended. - KIM JAMES

posted at 01:46am Mar 31 PST

Conchitina

Conchitina says

These are comments on the first edition:

As an art " book-aholic", I think I have purchased about every book ever written on art instruction, the philosophy, the great artists. I 've been searching for an understanding of the mechanics under lying the works of artists I have always admired. None of them provided the answer. They all said the same thing - value, line, shape, etc. Now at last the light has been turned on in the windowless room. BUY this book. The manner in which it is written-- He is the F. Scott Fitzgerald of art instruction. - Jana Volkmer


I think it quite wonderful and look forward to opening it again and again. I like to book both for what it teaches and, this is selfish, because it validates how I've felt and thought about what I try to do. - JW Ruddy

AS ART BOOKS GO, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER PURCHASED. JERRY'S PAINTINGS COME ALIVE WITH ALL THE COLOR, TEXTURE AND MAGIC OF LAKE COMO. GREAT INSTURCTION AND ANY ARTIST WILL BE BETTER AFTER GETTING THIS BOOK AND FOLLOWING JERRY'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND STEPS. A MUST READ. I AM A BETTER PAINTER HAVING READ THIS WONDERFUL BOOK. - RN COHEN

posted at 04:42am Mar 25 PST

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