Five Outstanding Impressionist Exhibitions for 2013

Impressionism and fashion

Impressionnisme et La Mode (Impressionism and Fashion) at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © Freepenguin

The year 2013 is going to be another year fans of impressionist art will not forget. To begin with, Normandy, the birthplace of French impressionism, will be hosting the second Impressionist Festival from April to September. And for those who can not make it to northern France to share in the festivities, there are at least five different, truly outstanding temporary impressionist exhibitions travelling between ten cities around the world.

Impressionism: sensation and inspiration

Impressionism: sensation and inspiration is an exhibition in the Hermitage Amsterdam, one of the satellite museums of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The exhibition juxtaposes such impressionist masters as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro with their influential counterparts from the second half of the nineteenth century, including Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Léon Gérôme. This juxtaposition of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the celebrated Russian collection demonstrates the source of inspiration for impressionism in their predecessors in France.

If you want to see this exhibition, you will have to hurry as it closes 27 January (already extended from 13 January). Definitely an opportunity not to pass by to see this collection of artworks from the Hermitage.

Further information is available on the exhibition website.

A History of Impressionism

This stunning exhibition, A History of Impressionism, Great French Paintings from the Clark, has been on the road for some years now – starting off in Milan at the beginning of 2011. It then traveled to Giverny in July, where I saw it – and this is one not to miss! If in Montréal, you still have a few days as it closes 20 January. From here it moves onto Japan where it will appear in two venues: at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo (9 February until 26 May) and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe (8 June until 1 September).

The Clark collection of Impressionist artworks ranks among the top three of its kind in North America. Because of the richness of this specific collection, it lends itself like few others to an exhibition charting the development of impressionism. In all 74 paintings are included, showcasing the main impressionists, including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. For a slideshow of all the paintings included in the exhibition, click here …

Further information is available on the exhibition website.

Impressionism and Fashion

One of the more intriguing temporary impressionist exhibitions this year links the movement to fashion. Impressionism and Fashion opened at the Musée d’Orsay in October last year, just in time for Paris Fashion Week, to rave reviews, and will travel to the US, to New York and Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (19 February – 27 May 2013) and The Art Institute (30 June – 22 September 2013) respectively. It closes in Paris 20 January.

The latter decades of the nineteenth century not only witnessed the birth of impressionism, but also some dramatic changes in fashion. That these changes took place at the same time is not coincidental, and it is the relationship between changing styles in fashion and art that this innovative exhibitions explores.

Further information is available on the exhibition website.

Monet’s Garden

The centrepiece of this exhibition is a collection of 50 artworks featuring Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. They will be joined by a number of other paintings of a similar nature from public and private collections around the World. This is an exclusive event for Australia, and not surprisingly it is being described as a once in a life-time opportunity. Monet’s Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne opens to the public 10 May 2013, and closes 25 August 2013.Read more.

Manet: Portraying Life

Currently on show in Toledo, Ohio, Manet: Portraying Life is the first retrospective to explore the artist’s portraiture. Manet not only painted his friends and family, but also some of the leading artistic, literary and political figures of his time, thus affording an interesting view on Parisian society. The exhibition brings together over 50 portraits by Manet, from collections spread across Europe, Asia and the US.

The exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art closed on 1 January and will open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on 26 January, closing 14 April 2013.

Further information is available on the exhibition website.

I am sure as news of exhibitions for the second half of the year become available there will be others to add to the list. But for now, these five should keep everyone satisfied. For a full list of the various temporary impressionist exhibitions travelling in 2013, click here …

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