Saturday, October 06, 2012

Color, Light, and Life: The Impressionist Revolution

Today was the second lecture in the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series focusing on Color, Light, and Life: The Impressionist Revolution at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Claude Monet - Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (c. 1875)

"Although the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and their Impressionist colleagues is all over calendars, mouse pads, mugs, scarves, and posters today, back when these artists first began exhibiting their new style, most people weren’t impressed. This lecture will introduce you to the who, what, when, where, and why of Impressionism—the major artists, the social and political context, and the eight exhibitions mounted by the group, which, although often affected by dissention, were quickly branded avant-garde by critics."  -source

Next week: Paris, Provence, and Paradise: Post-Impressionism.

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