Woking’s The Lightbox showcases a selection of French Impressionist work from the late 19th and early 20th century
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The Lightbox, Woking presents Impressionism: The Art of Life showcasing French Impressionist paintings and sculpture from early 1860s to to the beginning of the First World War.
Works included by renowned artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-august Renoir, all of whom exhibited in the first Impressionist group exhibition in France. The idyllic French landscape was a fitting subject for their spontaneous method of working.
Michael Regan, curator of the exhibition says, “The exhibition focuses on the Impressionists’ interest in recording actual scenes of daily life as they happened. The show includes not only painting and drawing, but also sculpture, it therefore provides an opportunity to see the work of rarely-shown French sculptors of the period.”
Paintings and sculptures will span four key themes related to everyday occurrences: maternity, leisure, work and the home.
Portraiture by Auguste Rodin and Pierre Bonnard celebrate women as mothers and carers in intimate studies, with Renoir’s oil panting, A Woman Nursing a Child dating back to 1894.
Rural scenes such as applepicking in the sunshine by Camille Pissarro balance alongside extraordinary sculptures by Dalou depicting the urban labourer.
At The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA from Saturday, September 29 to Sunday, January 13, 2019. Tel: 01483 737800 Web: thelightbox.org.uk
Can’t make it to The Lightbox during the day? Enjoy new free entry (usually £5) to all exhibitions every Thursday evening from 5pm to 8.30pm. From contemporary sculptures to iconic modern British paintings, unwind after work in the midst of celebrated artworks and grab a drink or bite at Seasons Café, where on Thursday’s you can enjoy four courses of tasty tapas for just £18.50.
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