22 April 2024


Zoom lecture

Paris 1874:

Inventing Impressionism 1

The Impressionist Figure

with Chris Boïcos

Edouard Manet, The Railway, 1873, Washington, National Galelry of Art
Edouard Manet, The Railway, 1873, Washington, National Galelry of Art

2024 is the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition which opened in Paris on the boulevard des Capucines on 15 April 1874. The Musée d’Orsay is celebrating this anniversary with major exhibition - “Paris 1874 – Inventing Impressionism” (26 March - 14 July 2024) - of 130 works. A selection of works shown in the original show will be juxtaposed to works shown at the Paris Salon of the period, emphasizing the visual shock the new paintings provided to the Paris public, but also establishing more nuanced parallels between the Impressionists and the Salon painters.


In part 1 of our examination of this great exhibition we will concentrate on the birth of the Impressionist figure. We will see how painters like Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Gonzales or Cézanne invented the modern figure by removing it from the studio and the historical past and placing it in firmly in the urban and natural settings of their own time.

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In addition to the April 2024 lectures, a number of recorded lectures on Impressionism are also available, should you wish to delve deeper into the subject.