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Impressionism Exhibitions - Art Shows Featuring the Impressionists

Lists of exhibitors in the first eight Impressionist shows in Paris, as well as links to our image galleries from special Impressionism exhibitions.
  1. Eight Impressionist Shows (8)

The Impressionists' Exhibitions, 1874-1886
In 1874, the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc. exhibited their works at the former studio of the photographer Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, 1820-1910) at 35 Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. Dubbed the Impressionists by the critics that year, the group did not adopt the name until 1877.

The idea of exhibition independently was radical. No group of artists organized a self-promoting show outside of the official French Academy's annual Salon. Their first exhibition marks the turning point for art marketing in the modern era.

Americans in Paris, 1860-1900
I love a Gershwin tune as much as the next person, but this exhibition didn't feature Gene Kelly dancing with Leslie Caron. Rather, it was a blockbuster of a show chock-full of American painters who went to Paris in the late 1800's to further their painting skills. Some of them stayed in Paris, but many returned to the U.S. invigorated by their observations of and dealings with the French Impressionists.

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection
Have you ever wondered how the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. came to have such a spectacular collection of late 19th and early 20th century European paintings? It was due to a bequest by Chester Dale, whose collection was guided by his wife, Maud. Feast your eyes on a large number of Impressionist masterpieces in this 84 image gallery.

Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea
This traveling exhibition illustrated the Caillebotte's particular interest in water, both in his art and his pursuit of water sports--the latter of which eventually led him to design and build his own sailboats. Originally on view at the Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen, the Kunsthalle Bremen and the Brooklyn Museum.

Impressionism: Painting Light
An aptly-named show held at the Albertina, Vienna that focused on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists' works and working methods. In addition to 137 paintings, the exhibition contained 56 historical painting utensils and objects used by artists in their everyday lives to keep the creative juices flowing. (Did you know that van Gogh knew how to knit?)

Impressionists by the Sea
It was no accident that, when train travel became common, all sorts of Parisians (even painters) took advantage of heading to the coast of Normandy whenever they could. Included in this gallery is a selection of works from the larger exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

In Monet's Garden: The Lure of Giverny
Claude Monet really had a thing for gardens and fields of flowers. Artists who followed Monet really had a thing for ... well ... Monet. The nine images in this gallery include three Monet landscapes and six works that he inspired from others.

Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
Culled from the Brooklyn Museum's own collection of French Barbizon and Impressionist landscapes, which was actively being built by Museum trustees, patrons and donors in the early twentieth century--at a time when this genre had not yet become quite so highly collectible. Some 40 paintings by French and American artists ranging from Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) to John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and Childe Hassam (1859-1935) were included in this traveling exhibition. Here are 10 of them.

Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920
While the MMA was renovating a European gallery in 2007, it sent 135 works from its vast collection of French paintings on the road to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Here are 19 images, a fair amount of which cover the inception, heyday and offshoots of French Impressionism.

Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape
This 2007 traveling exhibition illustrated Camille Pissarro's evolution from painting in the style of the Barbizon School to full-blown Impressionist techniques over the course of one decade (1864-1874). The gallery contains eight (of 60) canvases from the show, arranged chronologically to best display a lightening palette and loosening brushwork.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883
We all love Renoir for his portraits, but often relegate his landscapes to the back seat. Big mistake! Here are 21 superb examples from a traveling exhibition that included 60 canvases when shown at the National Gallery, London, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Berthe Morisot: The Woman Impressionist
Berthe Morisot in Madrid

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