ART 2018: Impressionists in London Exhibition

Impressionists in London

Following on from my previous post on Soutine – in late 2017, I had a cheeky window in my schedule and managed to get to see this exhibition of Impressionists in London.

This Tate Britain exhibition is the first to map the connections between French and British Impressionist artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history
 
Impressionists in London

Tate Britain

My initial “impressions” (groan), were that the event was very well staged and organised. What really hit me though was how many of the major impressionists had visited London and how how prolific they were. The usual suspects were present; Monet, Pissarro, Sisely, to some of the less well known artists like Tissot and Legros.

Monet

Always a favourite, there was one particular painting by him that I had never seen before. It totally blew me away as I felt it was more like Abstract Expressionism than Impressionism:

Leicester Square at Night, 1901 by Claude Monet. Impressionism. cityscape

Whistler is well represented here too, and again there were a couple of surprises with works by Andre Derain which were staggering in their use of colour, particularly:

Which hints at a departure from Impressionism and leans more towards Fauvism.

Above all though, Monet and his depiction of the Houses of Parliament had an entire room devoted to it. Each painting relects a different time of day, using different colours and different lighting elements. It crossed my mind that as I was viewing these works of art, I could be looking at nearly a billion pounds worth of paintings. This struck me as an almost unimaginable amount of money. I then started to ponder the disparity between what art can fetch in the marketplace nowadays and how some people can’t afford to feed or clothe themselves all over the world. It’s both maddening and saddening at the same time.

All I can say is that it is a crazy time we live in.

It’s on until the 7th May 2018 and the exhibition catalogue is very comprehensive and interesting. It also has a great deal of invaluable background information too.

Tate Britain

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London SW1P 4RG

 

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