Title: Monet: Impression, Sunrise
Time: 7 June - 1 September 2019
Place: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840 but his family moved to Le Havre in 1845 where he passed his early years, and showed strong interest and talent in drawing.
In 1859, Claude Monet went to Paris with the encouragement of his friend Eugène Boudin to study painting.
It was also Boudin, who encouraged Claude Monet to paint outdoor in the open air.( "En plain air")
"It was Boudin", said Monet, "who initiated me... He revealed me to myself and started me on the right path". And from then on he spent "… his life expressing his own instinctive way of seeing"
In 1872, Claude Monet finished his painting Port du Have: Impression, Soleil levant ( Impression, Sunrise).
Two years later, in 1874, Claude Monet and his artist friends held their own show for the first time, and Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise, was among the paintings on show.
One of the Critics at the time, Louis Leroy for Le Charivari, wrote an article "The Impressionist Exhibition" in the form of a dialogue from the imaginary perspective of an old-fashioned painter, shocked at the works of Monet and his associates:
-...What is this a painting of? Look in the catalogue.
-Impression-- I knew it. I was just saying to myself, if I'm impressed, there must be an impression in there… And what freedom, what ease in the brushwork! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more labored than this seascape!
And without realising it, Leroy gave the name to one of the most famous art movement in the history: Impressionism.
Together with Monet's own paintings, the explosion will also include some paintings by other artists who have influenced Claude Monet like JMW Turner and Eugène Boudin, or who are related to him like Alfred Sisley and James McNeill Whistler.