GREAT IM­PRES­SIONS

View rarely trav­elled works of art at the Na­tional Gallery of Canada in Ot­tawa.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY LAURA BYRNE PAQUET

The Im­pres­sion­ists are to the art world what Mar­vel su­per­heroes are to Hol­ly­wood: a sure-fire way to draw crowds to a sum­mer show. So, it’s no sur­prise that in­ter­est is high in the Na­tional Gallery of Canada’s ma­jor sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion, Im­pres­sion­ist Trea­sures: The Or­drup­gaard Col­lec­tion (May 18 to Septem­ber 9, 2018).

The Ot­tawa show fea­tures 76 paint­ings from a Copen­hagen col­lec­tion cre­ated by Wil­helm and Henny Hansen in the early 20th cen­tury, in­clud­ing works by Cézanne, De­gas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir and Sis­ley. It im­merses vis­i­tors in 19th-cen­tury French life, with hoop-skirted women strolling by a river in Corot’s The Bridge at Mantes and spring burst­ing forth in a farm­house garden in Pis­sarro’s Plum Trees in Blos­som, Éragny.

In ad­di­tion, vis­i­tors see paint­ings by Dan­ish masters whose work is not as well known in North Amer­ica, in­clud­ing C.W. Eck­ers­berg and Vil­helm Ham­mer­shøi. (Many of th­ese—such as Ham­mer­shøi’s In­te­rior with Pi­ano and Woman in Black, with its muted pal­ette and cool north­ern light—have a dis­tinctly Scan­di­na­vian sen­si­bil­ity.) The show also fea­tures some works from be­fore and af­ter the Im­pres­sion­ist pe­riod, such as Delacroix’s 1838 por­trait of Ge­orge Sand and sev­eral works by Gau­guin.

Camille Pis­sarro, Plum Trees in Blos­som, Éragny, 1894; oil on can­vas, 60 x 73 cm; Or­drup­gaard, Copen­hagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

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