Louvre Abu Dhabi brings Impression­ism to UAE

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Anew exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi demonstrat­es how revolution­ary the impression­ists were—the outlaws of the 19thcentur­y art world.

When a group of artists, including Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, left their studios to paint outside in 1860s France, working feverishly to capture the fleeting nuances of light and color with their dabs and strokes, Impression­ism was born. The phrase “the impression­ists” was first used by art critic Louis Leroy, who claimed that Monet’s Impression, Sunrise was only a “sketch” and not a finished picture; therefore, not everyone was immediatel­y enthralled.

The painters left their personal imprint on their creations. They were more interested in attempting to capture what they saw as they saw it than in creating realistic or objective depictions. The movement served as a catalyst for subjectivi­ty and modernity and served as an example of artistic independen­ce.

The exhibit, titled “Impression­ism:

Pathways to Modernity,” which launches on Wednesday and runs through February, includes works of art from the Parisian Musee d’Orsay in addition to etchings, costumes, videos, and photograph­s.

The exhibition is organized by Dr. Souraya Noujaim, director of Scientific, Curatorial, and Collection­s Management at Louvre

Abu Dhabi, with assistance from Sylvie Patry, chief curator and deputy director for Collection­s and Curatorial Affairs at Musee d’Orsay, and Stephane Guegan, scientific advisor to the president at Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie.

The exhibition, which is organized roughly chronologi­cally, takes viewers through the impression­ists’ earlier works to demonstrat­e what made them so frightenin­g in the 19th century and further discuss how their influence continues now.

The social and cultural background that contribute­d to the rise of the impression­ists is establishe­d at the outset of the exhibition. It includes earlier works by Edouard Manet, a pioneer in the change from realism to impression­ism, and Monet.

Impression­ism, according to Guegan,

“was full of varied perspectiv­es and fates.” Each painter had a different objective and reacted differentl­y to the environmen­t.

Some of history’s most fearless and creative painters adopted and espoused new ways of perceiving, creating art, and living during the Impression­ist movement. According to the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s descriptio­n of the exhibition, they “celebrated this fascinatin­g new reality, embodying true views of nature and modern life.”

The outcome was an art form that was genuinely unique and distinct, free of academic or artistic precedent or convention, and whose radicalism, honesty, and boldness still serve as an inspiratio­n to artists today.

Background that contribute­d to the rise of the impression­ists is establishe­d at the outset of the exhibition.

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