The Impressionist Saga
Deconstructing a myth
Olympia and A Bar
The official discourse on the Impressionists promotes a marketable label and a simplified conception of the group.
A group of friends
If the young painters Monet, Renoir and Bazille were close friends, shared a penchant for dissent, dreamed of shaking up the establishment and went out together to paint in the open air, they were also very different in style and personality; differences that call for a closer look.
The eight Impressionist exhibitions
The Salon was reluctant to show their work, so it became necessary to exhibit outside the official framework. Between 1874 and 1883, eight independent exhibitions were held, now known as the Impressionist exhibitions. This collective project, however, concealed profound differences in the personalities and styles of the exhibitors.
Capturing a fleeting impression
A comparative study of the Grenouillère by Renoir and Monet.
A study of the degree of ephemerality in the work of Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. When are they acting as painters of fleeting impressions?
Readings John Rewald, The History of Impressionism, Museum of Modern Art, 1973 Richard R. Bretell, Impression, Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, Yale UP., 2000