ARKEN is presenting 53 selected works of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Paintings and sculptures from the turn of the last century, with main works by artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Rodin, Gauguin, Cézanne and Van Gogh.
These brilliant artists revolutionised world art. Their new idiom was a reaction to the modern age.
The Impressionists were open-air painters, studying the changeable, vibrating sunlight. In the mirror image of the water they saw all contours dissolved. The Impressionists painted quickly and sketch-like in order to capture a world in constant change.
The Post-Impressionists denote a number of contemporary and slightly younger artists who painted differently than the Impressionists as well as each other. Painting with dots or heavy contours, they sought stable structures in a reaction against Impressionism’s fleeting, quivering surface of light.
The Impressionists often portrayed the modern age of industrialisation and the emergence of the metropolis. The next generation abandoned the big city, dreaming of a more original existence in the country, in the provinces or in remote exotic tropical islands.
The exhibition has been organised by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem in collaboration with ARKEN Museum of Modern Art.
Read more about Monet's water lilies, Pissarro's depiction of the metropolis and Gauguin's foreign dreamland.
In the exhibition you can also experience rare film clips of Monet, Renoir and Degas from 1915. Read more...