This book brings the Impressionists together with their predecessors, contemporaries and followers. The rich collection of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg offers the opportunity to juxtapose masterpieces by Monet, Renoir and Pissarro alongside the work of established names of their time, such as Delacroix, Gérôme and Corot, and that of followers such as Gauguin and Cézanne .
Together, the paintings, sculptures and drawings provide a picture of five decades of French art and of the Impressionists of their time. The book also pays attention to all the paintings that the Hermitage owns by Vincent van Gogh. These works are not allowed to travel and therefore cannot be exhibited in Amsterdam, but are all depicted and described in this book.