Everyone can certainly name their favourite Impressionist artist, but their current popularity bllinds us to their early struggles, as a group of disparate artists exhibiting together. The National Gallery's current exhibition 'inventing impressionism' focuses on the work of their most influential dealer - Paul Durand-Ruel, and includes 70 of the works he owned from this group. We will be examining why Degas' work was so different compared to the other artists in the group, particularly Monet and Renoir.
London Art Studies will also be exploring the work of Berthe Morisot, whose paintings beautifully display the interests of the era. We will end with a look at the one artist who exhibited at all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions: Camille Pissarro. Few would know now that Pissarro, as one of the most committed and consistent of all these "young rebels", would be the one most in touch and would be the one to introduce the next generation of younger artists to the group.
This lecture is designed to appeal to both curious beginners and more knowledgeable art-lovers. London Art Studies' events are 'spas for the mind' - a wonderful way to switch off, learn and socialise.
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