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A Fresh Take On Impressionism

By March 26, 2015October 30th, 2017Blog, Inspiration

Inventing Impressionism is the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. My work is often described as Contemporary Impressionism or evocative landscapes. I have always been a huge fan of works by impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Manet. ‘Inventing Impressionism’ features 85 iconic works from the movement. What an incredible opportunity to see so many masterpieces in one exhibition!

Of course impressionism is a household term but this is because of one particular art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel. His passion and belief in impressionism established it at the heart of modern art. I am excited to discover more about this intriguing and until now largely unknown story.

This trailer gives you a taste of what to expect at the National Gallery spring 2015 exhibition ‘Inventing Impressionism’ (4 March – 31 May 2015)

Reading the many five star reviews of the exhibition The Guardian says:

‘It is often said impressionism is an art that portrays the French bourgeoisie at play. But by going back and painstakingly finding the paintings Durand-Ruel sold and tried to sell, this serious, intelligent show casts doubt on that cosy stereotype’

Read the full review here

These are some of the beautiful paintings I’m looking forward to seeing:

Claude Monet

French writer Émile Zola was entranced by this Claude Monet painting. He wrote that the woman’s dress was “dotted with sequins of light like drops of water”. I wonder if I will feel the same when I stand before this painting at the exhibition.


The Ballet Class

Edgar Degas explored the poses of ballet dancers in this painting ‘The Ballet Class’


Renoirs Dance at Bougival This is the third of Renoir's dancer paintings

Renoir’s Dance at Bougival. This is the third of Renoir’s dancer paintings.


The daughters of Paul Durand-Rue by Renoir

The daughters of Paul Durand-Rue by Renoir.


Have you been to the ‘Inventing Impressionism’ exhibition?

Who is your favourite impressionist?


Jessica xx


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