French Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously 'on the spot' rather than in a studio from sketches. The personalities at the centre of this period of experimentation and revolution in modern art include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and many more. Thanks to the National Gallery of Victoria *NGV) in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), you can enjoy an international exclusive from 4 June to 3 October.
As part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition series, NGV curates a major exhibition of more than 100 masterworks of French Impressionism including 79 works that have never-before-been exhibited in Australia. Many of these works are loans from MFA, an institution renowned worldwide for its rich holdings of Impressionist paintings derived from the collecting efforts of individual Bostonians, some of whom visited the artists in France during the movement's height.
1. Early works by Monet and his forebears, Eugène Boudin and painters of the Barbizon School.
2. Distinctive brushwork, unique points of view, arresting use of colour, as well as places dear to the artists, such as Paris, Fontainebleau Forest, Pontoise, Giverny, the Normandy coast and the South of France.
3. Still life paintings, intimate interiors and street scenes by such artists as Manet, Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte.
4. Significant moments and characteristics in the practices of a selection of artists, including Renoir and his experimentation with pictorial effects in the 1880s, as well as Pissarro and his role as mentor to a number of other artists.
5. Breathtaking display of sixteen canvases by Claude Monet.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a significant grouping of Impressionist masterworks in Australia. Purchase your tickets here.