The Impressionists were indebted to a longer tradition of sketching
and painting outdoors. ‘Corot to Monet’ will chart the development of
open-air landscape painting up to the first Impressionist exhibition in
Drawing on the National Gallery’s rich collection of 19th-century
French landscapes, the exhibition will feature all the major artists of
‘Corot to Monet’ will open with scenes by Jean-Bapiste-Camille
Corot, Simon Denis and Pierre Henri Valenciennes. They were among
artists who gathered in Rome in the 18th and 19th centuries, setting
out to paint picturesque locations in the Campagna outside the city.
A major part of the exhibition will then focus on the work of the Barbizon School.
‘Corot to Monet’ will demonstrate how painters such as Théodore
Rousseau, Jean François Millet and Narcisse-Virgilio Diaz de la Peña
captured their native scenery to great effect.
The exhibition will trace the tangible influence these works had on
the Impressionists as they began exploring new techniques. Monet’s ‘The Beach at Trouville’ and other early works will be displayed alongside the beach scenes of Eugène Boudin and late works by Corot.