"From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism Painting from the Clark" is currently exhibiting in the Royal Academy of Arts (7th July-23rd September 2012). Culturethèque is extremely lucky to extend the experience with exclusive content for all!
The flowery times of Impressionism (c.19th) are brought forward to today's times. The Royal Academy of Arts are currently show casing a multitude of works, never seen before by the English eye. So what are you waiting for? Grab your acrylics and create an ambiance!
Subjectively, the 19th century evokes that 'middle' period in History. It was neither the great bloody battles of the Tudors, nor was it the realisation that industrial progress is not the answer for everything.
We are all very excited here at Culturethèque as we have the found the book which opens the secret room. This blog is a 'behind-the-scenes' of the exhibition “From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism, Paintings from the Clark”.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers” - Monet
First and foremost, what is Impressionism all about? Well, to make your own Impressionist era you will need:
->A crowd of harsh and conventional critics
->The mindset of a graffiti artist
->A scratch 'n' sniff book
->And a little advice from Beyoncé
A bizarre concoction n'est-ce pas ? Let me explain. The Impressionistic artists were surrounded by the 'art police' who constantly waved the rule book in their faces. The graffiti element is figurative: the Impressionists were very much rebels of art with their different brush strokes and colouring outside the lines. The scratch 'n' sniff? Artists sought to create emotion through senses. Finally, the cheesy Beyoncé song symbolises the starting point: 'Independent' exhibitions.
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains” - Renoir
Now that you're brushed up on the background, let's apply some acrylic. There are 73 major works on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and the cherry on top of the pudding is that they have never walked on UK soil. The likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir will all be there [in spirit] and even Rousseau [no, not the 'Social Contract' one]. The exhibition is arranged simply by genre-unlike Boris' alternative Olympic routes-and you can even discover the Trinny and Susannah “before and after” with Pre- and Post- Impressionistic pieces.
All you need to know:
Open to public: Saturday 7 July– Sunday 23 September 2012
£9 full price; £7 registered disabled and 60 + years; £5 NUS / ISIC cardholders; £3 12–18 years and
Income Support; £3 8–11 years; 7 and under free. RA Friends go free.
Tickets for From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism- Paintings from The Clark are available daily
at the RA or visit www.royalacademy.org.uk.
Please click on each image for a larger view, more information and copyright acclaims
All images © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, 1955.532