A new take on Impressionism is taking to the exhibition halls as the Art Gallery of Ontario presents Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet Pissarro and More from February 16, 2019 to May 5, 2019.
Developed and mounted by the AGO, the show is the first retrospective to look at the work of some of the world’s greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters through the lens of labour and industry. Impressionism is usually associated with leisure activities and this is the first time that the movement is seen as also celebrating the changes that were taking place in Paris as the city went through industrialization and its painters celebrated the dawn of a new era.
The exhibition showcases more than a hundred works including paintings, sculptures, drawings prints, photographs and films from the era. The show begins circa 1870 and ends with the turn of the century. Art work for the exhibition has been sourced f rom around the globe including key works by Monet from the Musee d’Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago. Works on display include Camille Pissarro’s Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Damp Weather, Claude Monet’s Charring Cross Bridge, Fog, Edgar Degas’ Woman at her Bath, and James Tissot’s The Shop Girl.
A new take on Impressionism is taking to…
Once again it’s the Return of the Impressionists. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is running two concurrent exhibitions, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 and The Impressionists on Paper from June 16, to September 9, 2018.
The first, French Moderns, consists of more than 60 works including those by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Monet, Morisot and Renoir among others. These come from the Brooklyn Museum in New York and will be shown alongside paintings from the WAG’s collection. The second, Impressionists on Paper comes from the permanent collection of the National Gallery.
Taken together the two exhibitions feature works by more than 60 artists in a variety of media, painting, watercolours, pastels, drawing and sculpture.
Once again it’s the Return of the Impressionists…
At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle will note that Impressionism in all its glory appears to be taking the stage in museums across the land. The National Gallery is running Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection from May 18 to September 9, 2018.
This really appears to be a great chance for an art lesson in the development of modern painting because it includes work from before Impressionism, Realism and the Barbizon School, Impressionism and Post-impressionism.
Some 76 painting will be in the show and it includes works by artists who are on what you might want to call painting’s honour roll, Corot, Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Courbet, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Morisot and Gaughin. It also offers the viewer the chance to see works by two painters of the Danish Golden Age, C.W. Eckersberg and Vilhelm Hammershoi. This show makes running up to Ottawa for a day worthwhile.
At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle…
Every now and then you see something written about the Impressionists and usually the school is described as being one of if not the most beloved of art movements. As an art movement redolent of beauty and grace Impressionism strikes a chord in our hearts. The Musee des Beaux Art du Quebec is hosting Berthe Morisot Woman Impressionist from June 21 through to September 23, 2018, which consists of 50-60 paintings borrowed from public and private collections.
Morisot lived from 1841 to 1895. The Quebec show will mark her first solo exhibition in Canada. In her own time Morisot was a star and seen as one of Impressionism’s leaders. Her work was sought after by gallery owners and collectors.
The exhibition illustrates why she was seen as a leader of the Parisian avant garde from 1860 until her death. Morisot explored the domestic and middle class themes that became the hallmarks of the school.
Every now and then you see something written about…
Painting a Country
“To all those who question you on the practice of art… tell them that it’s not only a matter of skill, that something more is needed, a certain something that cannot be taught… finesse… charm, something that is inherent to the artist.” – Renoir
It’s been more than ten years since your Magazin’Art has mused over painter Stéphane Gagnon’s notable creation. Hence, what a pleasure it is to have another opportunity of sharing with you the full dimension of this artist’s incredible talent! Since our previous encounter years ago on Île d’Orléans, the man now facing me has greatly matured. His eye hasn’t lost any of its sparkle and acuity. Much as a great wine vintage, his art, his palette and his impressionistic vision have improved with time. Confident in his knowledge and expertise, the painter minimizes his merit and readily adopts a modest attitude during our interview. The greater the man, the greater de courtesy, says the dictum, of which Stéphane Gagnon is living proof. In the realm of visual arts, he is gifted with high sensitivity and tremendous ability. He is able to hear the roar of waterfalls, the trickling of brooks or the calls of birds, as he paints on full moon nights. This is the occupation he has chosen. He loves challenges and each painting is a battle he must fight till it reaches a happy conclusion, as a guiltless need that must be fulfilled.
Text by Michel Bois
Stéphane Gagnon is represented by Galerie Douce Passion, 42A, rue Notre-Dame, Québec, Qc /418 648-9292 / www.galeriedoucepassion.com
To all those who question you on the practice of art…
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier has the good fortune of living in an environ- ment that provides her with year-long inspiration. Her paintings depicting the moods of the river and its shores are reflections of this marvelous sight. The self-taught artist has come to rely on this sense of wonderment which is the main trigger that compels her to choose the moment and the rendering, wind in her hair, fully alert.
Claude De Lorimier’s work is imbued with gentleness, an impressionistic touch and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Painting in open air from the very beginning, the artist initially seeks to reproduce the sensations she experiences from nature. Displaying great mastery of colour, her extensive quest for the most accurate shades possible occupies a large part of her efforts. Whether translating the turquoise colour of the river on a particular day or the green of a specific spruce tree, the objective is to give the spectator the impression of being on-site. The search for perfect lighting is also a pivotal part of her process, of upmost importance in fact to be able to render the ephemerality of time, the vastness of a landscape under the expansiveness of sky. With the pleasure of creating something beautiful comes another benefit: “When I paint, all mental activity is on pause, I no longer have time to think!” It is well known that art creates a perfect zen moment.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by: Galerie Clarence Gagnon
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier…
Continuing in an impressionistic manner, the National Gallery is running Monet: A Bridge to Modernity until February 15th . The exhibition is made up of 12 bridge paintings that Monet made while he was living in the Parisian suburb of Argenteuil. Monet used his fascination with painting bridges as to experiment with a variety of different techniques and colours and the end result largely con- tribute to the creation of Impressionism, a fresh vital look at painting and one of the keystones of modern art.
Continuing in an impressionistic manner, the National Gallery is running Monet: A Bridge to Modernity until February 15th . The exhibition is made up of 12 bridge paintings that…
If you are going to be in Toronto this holiday season, don’t walk, run to the Art Gallery of Ontario and see the J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free , before it ends on January 31st . This is probably the only chance you will have of seeing these painting by one of the great artists of all time and of whom it could be said helped set the stage for Impressionism and modern art. Fifty works from the most experimental and influential stage of Turner’s career are on display.
If you are going to be in Toronto this holiday season, don’t walk, run to the Art Gallery of Ontario and see the J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free , before it ends on January 31st…
“Before judging a painting, seek to understand what the artist wished to express and do not condemn him for the sacrifices he had to make to better render his thought. Ingenuity consists mainly in daring to put forth the necessary efforts, however great they may be.”– Anatole France.
After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts that produced such prestigious logos as Adidas and SNC Lavalin, came the era of digital technology and the infamous Photoshop software which required further training in order to stay abreast of the competition.
Text by Michel Bois
After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts…
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a number of exhibitions which prove to be interesting coming up over the Fall. Here are two of them. From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: From Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914, promises to be a landmark exhibition. To begin with there is the sheer size of it all. There are 90 paintings and 45 works on paper backed up by 200 pieces of documentary evidence, photographs, stereographic images and magazines that focus on Paris.
The exhibition is made up of work by Post-Impressionist, Fauvist and Cubist paintings by more than 40 artists including Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and Paul Signac that the Expressionists, Wassily Kandinsky, Kirchner, Munter and Franz Marc, for example were able to see in German exhibitions and on their travels in Paris For the first time in a major museum exhibition, Expressionism, which is usually regarded as a German art movement, is presented as an international movement in which artists responded with various different approaches to the work done by the likes of Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
From November 5, 2014 to March 15, 2015 the MMFA will be showing Warhol Mania , which consists of some 50 advertising posters and almost a thousand magazine illustrations.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a number of exhibitions which prove to be interesting coming up over the Fall. Here are two of them. From Van Gogh to Kandinsky…