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Exhibition Detail
Impressionist France
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


October 19th, 2013 - February 9th
Opening: 
October 19th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Rue Mosnier with Flags, Édouard ManetÉdouard Manet, The Rue Mosnier with Flags,
1878, Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 31 3/4 inches
© Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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Experience the pleasure and excitement of traveling through mid-19th century France. From Paris to the countryside, the top of Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean, this exhibition features approximately 125 key paintings and photographs by well-known Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as important photographs by Gustave Le Gray and Édouard Baldus.

Impressionist France explores connections between landscape and national identity during a period in which France was being fundamentally transformed and modernized. Painters and photographers composed competing visions of France as modern and industrialized or, in equally potent terms, as rural and anti-modern.

Within this historical context key artists emerged and drew inspiration, including Monet, Pissarro and others from the Impressionist generation. It is also during this period that influential photographers, such as Le Gray, Baldus, and the Bisson frères profoundly advanced the practice of photography from amateur experimentation to artistic mastery, while also demonstrating its value as a vital documentary tool for state-sponsored agendas.

This exhibition will showcase works never before seen in the region, and include important paintings and photographs from 36 major American and European museums and several private collections.


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