Impressionism: Capturing Life
13 February – 5 June 2016
Figurative works by the key players of the Impressionist movement.
When they staged their first exhibition in Paris in 1874, the Impressionists introduced the world to a new style of painting. The critics were appalled, the public shocked; yet the group pioneered, and modern art was born. This spring 28 masterpieces by each of the artists who featured in this monumental exhibition go on display in Bath as part of the Holburne’s centenary programme.
Curated by director, Jennifer Scott, it focuses specifically on the Impressionists’ observations of humanity, featuring figurative pieces by leading lights Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley.
The display highlights the important work of British-born artist Sir George Clausen; founder-member of the New English Art Club, influential supporter of the Glasgow Boys and proponent of reforming the selection process of the Royal Academy.
One of the foremost painters of his time – and the recipient of a knighthood in 1927 – he rarely receives the recognition he is due in such a context.