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Impressionists arrive to Denmark with MONET Lost in translation

9 October, 2015

Claude Monet, Solnedgang ved Étretat, 1883, olie på lærred, 60 x 73 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy

The exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to delve into life as it unfolded at the time of the Impressionists. With a selection of 49 works in all, 18 of them by Monet, MONET – LOST IN TRANSLATION traces the outings made by the Impressionists into the rural areas past flowering meadows, the forest of Fontainebleau, haystacks drenched in sunshine, and Monet’s gardens in Giverny, across rivers, and as far as the coastal regions of northern France.

The works have been solicited by exhibition co-curator Suzanne Greub (Director, Art Centre Basel) and ARoS from across the world: France, the USA, Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Spain, Serbia, Canada, and Finland.

The exhibition will illustrate just how differently the Impressionist painters perceived nature around them. Common to them all was the fact that they achieved dramatic effects of light by using short shimmering brushstrokes. They recorded the acute effects that they observed: the refraction of light through the atmosphere, the movement of clouds across the sky, and the changing shades of water and mists. Through painting, they transferred their visual impression to the canvas. Out in the open, they created lively landscapes which still manage to captivate people even today.

Impressionist pictures prompted considerable indignation when, in the 1870s, they were shown in Paris. Critics argued that the sketch-like and unfinished facture was a result of the artists’ poor eyesight. In turn, the Impressionists believed that their pictures were closer to experienced reality than classic painting with its wealth of detail and scrupulous idiom.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, I nærheden af Cagnes, 1907-19, olie på lærred, 46,67 x 55,88 cm, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester


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