Tag: Impressionism

The season of summer, its effect on the environment, and the culture associated with the warmest time of the year has inspired artists for centuries. From impressionist depictions of summer gardens and beautiful bridges to modern interpretations of childhood summers spent enjoying beach sunsets and ice cream, step into our world of summer inspired artwork and art evoking a sprightly, energised feeling from around the…

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The Colour Blue in Art

Posted by Published on November 6, 2019

“A certain blue penetrates your soul” -Henri Matisse Blue has been named the world’s favourite colour after topping polls in countries across the world. Associated with clear skies and vast seas, the colour is often seen as calm, serene and even spiritual. It can be bright and intense or icy and cold, and symbolises sadness in a way that no other colour quite matches. Indeed,…

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Dreamlike, suggestive and poetic at the same time, Impressionism has left a profound imprint on the history of art, moving its first steps in France since the second half of the nineteenth century.  In the spring of 1874, a group of young painters challenged the official Paris Salon by organising an exhibition of their own in the studio of the photographer Nadar. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Giuseppe…

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be” – Charles Bowden You’ve shed a few layers of clothing, rolled up your trouser legs and your skin is turning redder by the minute. Summer has arrived, and it’s glorious. As warm sunlight gives the world a beautiful glow and crowds flock to the beach, we bring you a curated selection of famous paintings that capture…

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Top Art Exhibitions: July

Posted by Published on June 27, 2017

This Summer, you can experience all the seasons with exhibitions on Arctic expeditions and Van Gogh’s seasonal works.  Besides weather, July sees a wide range of exhibitions opening up across the globe.  You can enjoy a history lesson in Feminist photography and art from the Civil Rights Movement or visit solo exhibitions dedicated to Bazille, Modigliani and Kyōsai. True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and…

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Berthe Morisot: Portrait of an Artist

Posted by Published on May 19, 2017

 Life and work of one of the lesser known Impressionists, Berthe Morisot (1841-95). Manet’s Muse You may not know her name, but it is likely you know her face. Morisot was the model and muse to Edouard Manet, appearing in some of his best known works, including ‘The Balcony’. But Morisot was far more than a model, having established herself as a distinctive and dedicated…

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Top 10 Art Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 11, 2017

  Need inspiration?  Love art history?  Have a read through our top ten anniversaries of the art world.  2017 is filled with anniversaries of highly renowned artists from Andy Warhol to Lucian Freud.  Visit our archival calendar for many more anniversaries.   1. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 150 years since death. 14th January 1867 A French Neoclassical artist, Ingres was influenced by Italian art, drawing inspiration from artists such…

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Claude Monet, Beyond the Water Lilies

Posted by Published on October 22, 2015

Probably Monet’s most recognizable work, the Water Lilies series, is without doubt a masterpiece and a trademark of the Impressionism movement. Monet painted this series in his garden at Giverny between 1900 and 1926, near the end of his life, but before the Water Lilies there is so much more that makes Monet ‘the ultimate Impressionist’. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth (November 14,…

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Show me the Monet!

Posted by Published on May 6, 2015

Six oil paintings by French impressionist Claude Monet previously held in private collections were put up to auction in Sotheby’s, New York on 5 May 2015. Five of the six Monet paintings were sold, with Nymphéas selling for $54m. The piece, part of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series had not been seen in public since 1945 and was estimated to cost between $30m-45m. Monet’s best selling works…

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