Musée d'Orsay: Impressionism along the Seine

Impressionism along the Seine


Gustave CaillebotteThe Boating Party© DR - RMN-Grand Palais / Daniel Arnaudet
As part of the first Normandy Impressionist Festival, the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny will host an exhibition of canvases, painted along the banks of the Seine – the location for many of the great Impressionist images. It was in the constant movement of the Seine, in the shimmering light and reflections on the water that the painters of this movement found the perfect environment to express their distinctive vision, and to use the vibrant brushwork, light palette and colourful shadows that define their style.

If the exponents of this new painting chose the Seine as their motif, it was also because this was where many new developments were taking place. Some artists, such as Pissarro, Sisley and Guillaumin, favoured scenes of the new industries along the river, whereas Monet, Renoir and Caillebotte turned to the leisure activities that were booming at the time. Many of these artists chose to make their home close to the river that was such a rich source of inspiration, some in fashionable areas, others in quiet, secluded places.
Following in their footsteps, Seurat, Signac and Bonnard arrived and painted on the same riverbanks. Then came the young Fauves, Matisse, Marquet, Vlaminck, Derain, etc. You are invited to take a stroll through the landscapes that were the inspiration for these paintings brought together at the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny.


Marina Ferretti-Bocquillon, scientific director. Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny

1 April - 18 July 2010

Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny

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