Florence, Palazzo Strozzi


The fact that the Impressionists explored revolutionary techniques to capture light and transitory moments and movements is very well known. But how they did it largely remains a topic discussed by art historians. This exhibition, featuring 60 works by the likes of Monet, Manet, Pissarro and Van Gogh, seeks to shed light on the secrets behind the paintings. It juxtaposes some of the Impressionists' masterpieces with research and documentation carried out since 2002 by a restoration department at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Fondation Corboud in Cologne, Germany.

One of the most thought-provoking parts of this somewhat academic show is the recreation of a 19th century art supplies shop. Displaying brushes, canvases, palettes and paints, it reveals how the invention of oil paint in tubes made it easier for the Impressionists to paint in the open air. Also included is one of Monet's palettes along with invisible underdrawings, drafts and other preparations that prove how, despite the appearance of spontaneity in the paintings, the artists worked in a methodical manner.

July 11 through September 28, 2008
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi
50123 Florence
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