With around 300 works by more than 100 artists, the exhibition "Impressionists between dream and color" is held in Turin until June 4, 2023 at the Mastio della Cittadella-National Museum of Artillery.
For the first time in Italy, an exhibition brings together works representative of all the artists who participated in the 8 Impressionist exhibitions, held between 1874 and 1886. Paintings, drawings, preparatory studies, ceramics and sculptures, illustrate over the 19th century the birth of Impressionism and the strength of its heritage.
Organized with the contribution of an international scientific committee composed of Vittorio Sgarbi, Gilles Chazal (former director of the Petit Palais in Paris), Maïthé Vallès-Bled (former director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Chartres and the Paul Valéry Museum in Sète) , Alain Tapié (art historian, director of the Peindre en Normandie Collection) and the curatorship of Vincenzo Sanfo, the Turin exhibition is divided into three sections which symbolize the origins, the stylistic variety and the evolutions of the Impressionist movement.
A first section is devoted to the pre-Impressionists, with works by 40 artists, including three paintings by Gustave Courbet, an extremely rare series of glass clichés by Jean-Baptiste Corot and Charles-François Daubigny, drawings and engravings by Jean- François Millet and paintings by the protagonists of the Barbizon School.
The second section brings together more than 150 works by around 50 protagonists of the Impressionist movement. Among other things, there are paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolours, sculptures, woodcuts and etchings by Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, as well as the ceramics decorated by Félix Bracquemond which caused such a sensation at the Universal Exhibition of 1889 by marking the birth of art nouveau.
A third section is finally dedicated to the legacy of Impressionism, represented through the works of artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon and her son Maurice Utrillo or even Emile Bernard.
Vincenzo Sanfo, curator of the exhibition, points out: "The itinerary, marked out by splendid works of art mixed with multimedia supports, tells the story of the birth, development and legacy of Impressionism, creating a total immersion in this... era which saw not only the birth of impressionism, but also the advent of photography, cinema, electricity, the first metros,... and great achievements , which changed the outlook for the dawning 20th century, at the dawn of the tragedy of the First World War."
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