Visit This Weekend – Impressionist France: Visions of Nation Le Gray to Monet


October 19 – February 9, 2014, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Experience the pleasure and excitement of traveling through mid-19th century France; from Paris to the countryside, the top of Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean. Featuring 125 key paintings and photographs, from thirty-six major museums, by well-known Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as important photographs by Gustave Le Gray and Édouard Baldus.

“This pioneering exhibition juxtaposes two contrasting mediums, Photography and Painting, at a time in which each forces new perspectives for the other,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Photography allows for an accurate record of reality, liberating artists from realism, inaugurating the movement of Impressionism. This exhibition explores through these two mediums the birth of modernity and transports us to a time when France was evolving from its rural traditions to industrial modernity. The Nelson-Atkins is delightedto present this exhibition with the Saint Louis Art Museum, and bring to our region so many works together for the first time.”

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