Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art


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Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor from March 29 through August 3, 2014, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
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Renoir, Madame Henriot, ca. 1876

Renoir, Madame Henriot, ca. 1876

The exhibition will illuminate the process of painting directly in nature with Impressionist precursors. Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind’s plein-air practice inspired artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley.

Complementing these paintings of the natural world are depictions of artists’ studios and domestic interiors; several captivating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard; Renoir’s 1872 portrait of Monet; and representations of the artists’ families, including Berthe Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window, of 1869.

This celebration of fleeting moments and personal places also highlights some of the Impressionists’ most iconic subjects, such as ballerinas and racehorses by Degas, still lifes by Paul Cézanne, and beautiful young women by Renoir. The exhibition also includes examples of flattened perspectives and patterned surfaces by the Nabi painters Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.

The temporary closure of the National Gallery’s East Building for major renovation and expansion has made possible the rare opportunity to see this select group of paintings in San Francisco, the exhibition’s first venue.

RELATED EVENTS – Free after museum admission

Cézanne, Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, ca. 1900

Cézanne, Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, ca. 1900

April 19, 2014 – 1:00pm
Docent Lecture: Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, by Kay Payne
Florence Gould Theater

May 4, 2014 – 12:00pm
Chamber Music: Mobius Trio
Gallery 10

May 24, 2014 – 1:00pm
Docent Lecture: Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, by Maureen O’Brien.
Florence Gould Theater

June 1, 2014 – 12:00pm
Chamber Music: Farallon Quintet
Gallery 10

Monday June 9, 2014
Access Day: Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

July 13, 2014 – 12:00pm
Chamber Music: Baumer Quartet
Gallery 10

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