Musée d'Orsay: Colours of Impressionism

Colours of Impressionism

Claude MonetVétheuil at Sunset© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Although brightening the palette was the main concern of future Impressionists from the outset, the understanding and use of different colours evolved over time, according to the diverse experiences and intentions of the group of artists between the 1860s and 1910s.

The exhibitions seeks to clarify in which context and at the cost of which developments Impressionism appeared, by examining the shift from a style of painting where black prevailed to a style of painting that used lighter colours, with a particular focus on Manet and Boudin.

It goes on to present the “historic” Impressionism of the 1870s and the first half of the 1880s, a time when experiments in terms of tones of white in snow paintings and harmonies of blue and green in seascapes landscapes came to dominate.

Lastly, after a careful examination of the question of Divisionism and the birth of Neo-Impressionism within the group’s last exhibition, it looks at the upsurge of a range of less realistic tones and more particularly the nuances of pink in Monet’s art, influenced by a style of painting where themes of idea and memory appear, as well as the pearlescent glow of female skin that triumphs in the works of Renoir.


Marine Kisiel, curator at the Musée d'Orsay
Paul Perrin, curator at the Musée d'Orsay

Exhibition also presented in Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia, 28 March to 29 July 2018.

16 November 2017 - 11 March 2018

Singapore, National Gallery

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