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ArtDaily has reported that the Musée d’Orsay and Artepublishing have produced an Impressionist Exhibition book exclusively in digital format.

As the publisher states, there is no museum in the world that has a better collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art than the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The very best of these works are brought together for the first time in an enhanced e-book. The book has been published by Artepublishing solely as an e-book and will not be available in printed form. The book is an outstanding work of scholarship. It is beautifully designed and intuitively interactive.


As outlined in the Purpose Page:

1. The first point about Fine Art in the New Media is that it should be accessible, so that, “There is [virtually] nothing between me and my Monets.”

2. Fine Art in the new media should be interactive.

3. Fine Art in the new media should be viewer directed. “I want to see what I want to see.”

4. Fine Art in the new media should be able to be manipulated, which enables the viewer to use their creativity. to examine, adapt, and experiment with the art.

5. Fine Art in the new media should be comparative, enabling the viewer to array pictures from different museums side by side to study technique, execution, and genre.

6. Lastly, Fine Art in the new media should be able to be viewed as a continuum of man’s effort at visual expression.

This book does it all. There are scalable reproductions of nearly 200 paintings by 26 artists including such favorites as Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh; over three hours of original audio information about the artists and their paintings; and more than 500 hyperlinks to some of the best sites on the Internet to learn more about the artists and their work.

The book is an outstanding work of scholarship. It is beautifully designed and intuitively interactive. It is available on iTunes.

The book’s audio commentaries and texts are by Dr. Charles F. Stuckey, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Impressionist art. Dr. Stuckey has held senior curatorial positions at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He has organized major exhibitions on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists including exhibitions on Monet, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and written monographs on Monet, Gauguin, Morisot, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

The artists in the book begin with the Salon painter, William Bouguereau, then the realists Daumier, Corot, and Millet, followed by Manet (who was an inspiration to the Impressionists though he never exhibited with them). The focus then turns to the Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cassatt, Morisot, and others; and Post-Impressionists including Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Seurat.

Each of the artists has least one featured painting. As part of the e-book enhancement, each painting has an audio commentary by Dr. Stuckey lasting approximately five minutes about the artist, the painting, and the context of the painting. There is also text by Dr. Stuckey about each featured painting.

A further and great feature of the enhanced e-book is that there are between 10 and 30 curated links for each artist and featured painting. These include biographies of the artist, articles about the artist, works by the artist in other museums, artist quotes, videos and even free e-books about the artist. Following the featured works are other paintings by the artist in the d’Orsay. All of these features are true enhancements. Moreover, the book is 436 pages and costs only $7.99.

This book is an outstanding example of what can be done in the enhanced e-book format, and an excellent example to print publishers by the Museum and Artepublishing of the tremendous power of enhanced e-books in the New Media. The book is beautifully designed, and couples art and scholarship in a way not possible in the static print and e-book methods of publication.


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