Louvre Abu Dhabi brings Impressionism to UAE
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.