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Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

23. January – May 28, 2017

The inaugural exhibition of the Museum Barberini was devoted to Impressionist landscape painting as a field of experimentation and the modern era’s understanding of nature.

Precise observations of nature not only gained importance in the natural sciences during the nineteenth century—the Impressionists also reacted to this trend by painting outdoors and recording ever-changing light and weather phenomena. Although the city of Paris offered many motifs, landscapes provided the most important subject matter for Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Gustave Caillebotte. Their landscape motifs were no longer charged with historical or symbolic significance. Impressionist artists instead focused on capturing the transitory moment.

“In Impressionism, large, rigorously structured paintings were created outdoors for the first time. Regardless of whether the painters were depicting Parisian boulevards, a café scene, or the Seine at Argenteuil, they were interested in the here and now and the rejection of the great narratives of the art of past centuries.”

Ortrud Westheider, Director, Museum Barberini
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