Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D’Orsay at the Art Gallery of South Australia features an outstanding selection of 65 Impressionist works curated to trace the use of light and development of colour. The big names are there – Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, August Renoir and Paul Cezanne and other well known artists of the time. What is so appealing about this exhibition is that the works are grouped in separate rooms examining the various use of colour and light allowing us gain an insight into the techniques and ideas the artists explored.
As with major exhibitions of this kind, there are one or two major works. We were especially drawn to Monet’s ‘The Magpie’ (1868-69). The glow of the sun on the snow filled landscape is really hypnotic.
The selection Renoir’s portraits won’t disappoint. Auguste Renoir’s ‘Madame Darras’ c1868 and his later work ‘Gabrielle with the rose’ 1911, demonstrate the experimental use of colour over time.
A French Impressionists’ exhibition wouldn’t be complete without one of Monet’s water lily paintings and the inclusion of this work does the task.
A fascinating personal addition to the exhibition is the inclusion of these two palettes used by Edgar Degas and a paint box and palette used by Auguste Renoir.
Oil paints were made available in metallic tubes in the 1840s. This made is easier for artists to carry their tools and to paint outdoors.
This exhibition really has it all and the Gallery’s well lit rooms provide excellent viewing. If you can get there, be assured you won’t be disappointed.
COLOURS OF IMPRESSIONISM
MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY
29 March-29 July 2018
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