The Impressionists on Paper

Paul Signac , Île de la Cité (The Pont-Neuf, Paris), 1910. Watercolour over black chalk on laid paper. 29 x 43.6 cm. National Gallery of Canada, 15126. Photo: NGC

JUNE 16-SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

This summer see outstanding watercolours, pastels, drawings, and engravings by key impressionist artists, including Cassatt, Cézanne, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. Who were these influential artists? The impressionists discovered that they could capture the momentary effects of sunlight by working quickly in the open air (en plein air) rather than inside a studio. Brushwork became rapid and broken, changing the art world forever. Not only did they work outside, but they were also outsiders in society. The Impressionists were united in their opposition to the establishment, Paris’ annual state-run juried Salon exhibition.

Drawing from the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) eminent collection of Impressionist art, The Impressionists on Paper brings to Winnipeg over 20 artworks: watercolours, pastels, drawings, and prints. The show spans three decades, beginning in the 1870s, the decade of the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris. See landscapes, portraits, and everyday scenes by these revolutionary artists, offering a glimpse into one of the most exhilarating moments in the history of art.

The Impressionists on Paper is presented alongside French Moderns, a second exhibition on view this summer at the WAG. For more and to purchase tickets in advance, visit impress.wag.ca.

Curated by Dr. Stephen Borys with the generous collaboration of the National Gallery of Canada 

Organisée par le commissaire Stephen Borys, avec la généreuse collaboration du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
 

 

Mary Cassatt , The Letter, 1890-1891. Drypoint and aquatint in colour on laid paper. 40.4 x 27.6 cm; plate: 34.7 x 22.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1139. Photo: NGC

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Members' Preview: Summer with the Impressionists

    Discover the inside story on the outsiders who forever changed the art world.

    Friday, June 15 from 6:30pm to 10pm

  • AGM of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    Annual General Meeting of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    Tuesday June 19 at 6:30pm

  • Pique-nique chez Monet

    Joignez-nous à la Maison des artistes visuels francophones et venez voir les jardins inspirés par Monet en pleine croissance et peignez votre propre aquarelle en plein air.

    Sunday, June 24 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Summer Art Camp

    Campers will explore the gallery exhibitions, create art, go on exciting field trips, and stage their own mini-exhibition at the end of the week.

    Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 17

  • Summer Art Camp

    Campers will explore the gallery exhibitions, create art, go on exciting field trips, and stage their own mini-exhibition at the end of the week.

    Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 17

  • FEAST: Impressionist Café

    Perfect for a special night out! Enjoy the WAG's signature dinner-and-tour program, featuring a three-course French meal, followed by a guided tour of Summer with the Impressionists.

    Thursday, July 12 to Thursday, August 9

  • Books & Brushes

    Visit the WAG to participate in discussions of artworks related to popular reads!

    Tuesday, August 7 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

  • Family Sunday: Promenade à Paris

    Take your family on a walk through Paris at our Impressionist inspired Family Sunday.

    Sunday, August 12 from 1pm to 4pm

  • Family Sunday: Promenade à Paris

    Take your family on a walk through Paris at our Impressionist inspired Family Sunday.

    Sunday, August 12 from 1pm to 4pm

  • Friday Night Tours: The Impressionists

    Get up close and personal with the Impressionists and other modern artists this summer.

    Friday, August 17 to Friday, August 31

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