[PAST EVENT] Seeing Colors: Secrets of the Impressionists

October 22, 2011 - January 22, 2012
12pm - 5pm
Muscarelle Museum of Art
611 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Impressionism and Post Impressionism showcases almost 50 paintings, drawings and prints by such renowned artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. The works in this exhibition illustrate the emergence of Impressionism in 1870s France, its evolution to Post-Impressionism, and its later influence on American artists.

The exhibition commences with works by such pre-Impressionist artists as Eugene Boudin to mark the initial transition from the traditional, academic paintings of the Paris Salon to the loose brushwork and airy landscapes that defined the Impressionist movement. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Frederic Bazille, the founders of Impressionism, illustrate this radical departure and further convey this movement's fascination with light-filled color and broken brushwork.