Summer with the Impressionists opens at WAG

Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt Arrive in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 15, 2018: The biggest names in Impressionist art have arrived at the  Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, and many others are featured in Manitoba’s first major display of French Impressionist paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Two exhibitions open June 16 and run until September 9, 2018.

The Impressionists and their followers sparked a revolution in European art in the late 19th century: they broke from convention by painting spontaneously out-of-doors and ‘on the spot’ to capture a sense of the moment. Once outsiders of the art world, today they are some of the most beloved artists of all time.

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and their renowned collection of European art French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 brings to Winnipeg paintings and sculptures produced by leadings artists of the avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Impressionism and much more. The exhibition surveys the innovative styles and techniques bookending the Impressionists with works from the Realism movement and Barbizon school and concluding with the Expressionists and Surrealists movements.

The Impressionists on Paper is organized by the WAG with the generous collaboration of the National Gallery of Canada and charts three decades, beginning in the 1870s, the decade of the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris. See landscapes, portraits, and contemporary scenes from the National Gallery of Canada’s eminent collection of Impressionist art.

While the collection features work by two of “Les Trois Grandes Dames” of Impressionism (Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot), the gender imbalance brought about a third exhibition. Defying Convention: Women Artists in Canada, 1900-1960 focuses on Canadian women artists working around the same time, and invites dialogue with the two European shows.

Quick Facts:
• Summer with the Impressionists features some of the most beloved artists of all time: Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, and many others.
• Curated by Richard Aste and Lisa Small, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 brings more than 60 pieces from the Brooklyn Museum, New York, together with a selection of works from the WAG collection.
• Curated by Dr. Stephen Borys, The Impressionists on Paper highlights over 20 artworks from the National Gallery of Canada.
• Experience 100 works spanning 100 years with paintings, watercolours, pastels, drawings, and sculpture by over 60 artists.
• Download the FREE Winnipeg Art Gallery app and enjoy the audio guide (English and French), maps and more.
• Explore the Parisian Still Life Café, a family-friendly interactive sketching area in a 19th century-inspired space. Visitors will have fun with props, books, and hands-on activities!
• Purchase tickets online at
• Admission: Adult $19; Student (with valid student card)/Senior (60+ years of age) $17; Child (5 years and under) FREE; Family (up to two adults and four children under 18) $53; WAG member FREE
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and is home to over 27,000 artworks spanning centuries, media, and cultures, including the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

Manitoba asked for the Impressionists and we listened. We could not be more excited to work with the Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery of Canada to bring work by these revolutionary artists to Manitoba for our first major display of French Impressionism. Summer with the Impressionists is a rare opportunity to experience some of the most exhilarating moments in the history of art, and from many perspectives.
-Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Brooklyn Museum was among the first American museums in the first decades of the 20th century to collect modern European art. We are thrilled to share the exhibition French Moderns, which includes many of these powerful and beautiful works, with the people of Winnipeg.
-Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum

The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to see this outstanding collection of drawings, pastels, watercolours and prints on display at the WAG. Spanning more than three decades and showcasing some of the biggest names in late nineteenth-century French art, these works on paper provide a fascinating glimpse at one of the most well-known and beloved artistic movements. This loan is part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the national collection is accessible to all Canadians across the country. 
-Marc Mayer, Director & CEO, National Gallery of Canada

June Events:
• June 16, 1pm • Tour & Talk • French Moderns with Brooklyn Museum curator, Lisa Small. Free with Gallery admission.
• June 17, 23 (French), 24, 30, 2pm • Weekend guided drop-in tour of French Moderns, The Impressionists on Paper and Defying Convention. See for more dates. Free with Gallery admission.
• June 20, 12pm • Art for Lunch tour • Impressionism: A Revolution in Art with WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. Free with Gallery admission.
• June 22, 7pm • Friday Night Tour • Science & Surface in Impressionist Art with University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Serena Keshavjee. Free with Gallery admission.
• June 24, 2pm • Picnic with Monet • Family-friendly event where you can make your own watercolour in the Monet-inspired garden at La Maison des artistes visuels francophones (219 Provencher Blvd). Ticket includes 20% off admission to Summer with the Impressionists at the WAG.
• June 26, 7pm • Talk • The Painters called the Impressionists with WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. FREE (Gallery admission not included).
• June 28, July 12 & 26, Aug 9, 6pm • FEAST@WAG • Enjoy the WAG’s signature dinner & tour program, featuring a three-course French meal, followed by an exciting tour of the Impressionist shows.
• See full event listing and purchase tickets at

The Winnipeg Art Gallery would like to thank and acknowledge the generous support of Kathleen Richardson; supporting sponsors Jim and Heather Perchaluk and the Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Media Sponsors: Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CTV Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press, Radio-Canada Manitoba, 93.7 CJNU Nostalgia Radio, and La Liberté; Creative Partners: Visual Lizard and Doowah Design.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Breaking ground in 2018, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit

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