An exhibition about Impressionism in Paris
If you are currently in Paris, or planning to go, do not miss the exhibition “Paul Durand Ruel – Le pari de l’impressionnisme”. About 80 impressionist works of art painted by Manet, Monet or Renoir will displayed until Februry at the Musée du Luxembourg.
The exhibition is dedicated to Paul Durand-Ruel, the greatest art dealer of the nineteenth century. Durand-Ruel was a visionary and had been the first one to acknowledge Impressionism at its fair value - as a genuine art movement – back in the nineteenth century.
Auguste Renoir, La Balançoire
You will be surprised to learn that Impressionism was a very controverted Art movement when it started in the 1860’s. Manet, Monet, Pissarro and many others were mocked by a large majority of people because their art was completely different from the academic painting. In fact, instead of representing mythological or historical scenes, they would paint nature, landscapes, and scenes of everyday life.
That was a first in painting.
Actually, the word “Impressionism” was ironical and came from art critic Louis Leroy, who mocked the work of art of Claude Monet: “Impression Soleil Levant”, which is now one of the most famous impressionist painting in the world (see picture below).
Paul Durand Ruel – Le pari de l’impressionnisme
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris
October 9th 2014 – February 8th 2015