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The big picture behind Impressionism

April 1st, 2019

Claude Monet, Les déchargeurs de charbon, 1875. Oil on canvas, 55 x 66 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY. Photo: Patrice Schmidt

Did you miss our sold-out Curator’s Talk about Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more? Catch it here, and watch as the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Caroline Shields (the AGO’s Assistant Curator of European Art), reveals the fascinating stories hidden within the art.

Starting in the streets of Paris, Dr. Shields discusses the Impressionists focus on modernity, labour and the daily lives of real people. She leads us on a journey through an industrializing France as seen through the eyes of its artists. Her talk uncovers the geographical relationships between many of the artworks in the exhibition, moving outbound from the Gare Saint-Lazare train station, stopping along the edges of Paris and heading to famous Impressionist sites in Argenteuil and Rouen.

Check it out:

Come see it for yourself. With over 120 works on view, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more runs until May 5.

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