The Art Gallery of South Australia is currently presenting Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée D’Orsay, the first major exhibition in South Australia showcasing works of Impressionist art.
Over 65 pieces of artwork from the Musée D’Orsay collection have been transported from Paris to feature in the exhibition, with a number of them coming here for the first time.
Held in the nineteenth-century Elder Wing, the exhibition includes some of the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Director Nick Mitzevich said in a media release, it is the most important exhibition ever shown at the Art Gallery of South Australia and he expects it to appeal to a variety of people.
“With so few Impressionist works held in Australian collections, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity for Australians to see the movement’s radical evolution of colour,” he said.
“It builds on the Art Gallery of South Australia’s aim to present major international exhibitions and significant works of art to Australian audiences.”
Former Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said in a media release, the exhibition adds to the experiences South Australia has to offer and gives tourists another reason to visit the state.
Having travelled interstate to view art exhibitions before, university student Natalia Reveruzzi was thrilled to have such a famous movement of art displayed in South Australia.
“It was amazing to view them in person, you’re able to see all the intricate details you’d never notice in photographs of the works, like fine brushstrokes and slight colour variations,” she said.
“It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I think I was most drawn to Renoir’s 1875 portrait of Monet as he presents a realistic image of how most of the artist’s days would be spent.”
Impressionism is a style of painting that originated in the 1800’s and focuses on the effect of light and colour rather than the detail of a scene.
The exhibition runs until 29 July 2018 and tickets are available online and at the entrance as you walk in.
Image Courtesy: Eden Panozzo