Fall in love at the dreamy impressionists at the Hermitage

Fall in love at the dreamy impressionists at the Hermitage

Jul 30, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Event
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Born and raised in Amsterdam, lives to dance and dances to live on electronic music, has a small vinyl addiction, appreciates a little sarcasm now and then, thinks musicals are annoying and loves those moments where you lose track of time completely.

Usually I’m more into contemporary art, especially the provoking kind. However, I wouldn’t hang a Helmut Newton in my living room. What I do have shining above my couch is a Monet painting. I absolutely adore the dreaminess and pastel colours of impressionists paintings. In an exhibition in the Hermitage a lot of classics are currently being showed. Since I got a weak spot for the Hermitage because I just got back from Saint Petersburg, this combination of venue and genre is kind of perfect for me.

Art history, but interesting

This exhibition does not only displays works of Monet, Pissarro, Moret, and other heroes. It also shows works from other movements before and after impressionism, to show the development. This might sound boring to some, but if you have a secret love for art history just like me this is heaven. By hanging two cityscapes from two different movements next to each other the Hermitage really brings the impressionist story to life, making it far more interesting than your old dusty art history teacher in high school.

I like the idea of creating of new art movements. It always seems a bit rebellious and revolutionary. Be gone with that boring classical, realistic, and academic tradition! Hello, loose and quick paint style! Of course change provokes criticism. And that’s where shit gets interesting. This is also how this movement got its name. An art critic mockingly called a Monet painting les impressionnistes, because it was only a vague impression of reality. Another lesson learned today. Thanks to Chloë, the not so old and dusty art teacher. You’re welcome.

Impressionism: Sensation & Inspiration

When: 16th of June 2012 – 13th of January 2013
Where: Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51
Tickets: €15 | CJP €12 | Museumkaart owners free
Website: Hermitage.nl

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