The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings to rival that of world’s most famous museums. This summer they’re showing off their collection, along with a few loaned works, in The Impressionist’s Eye, an exhibition of more than 80 of art history’s most popular works.
Bringing together work in a variety of media by Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Degas, Cassatt and their contemporaries, the exhibition offers the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in this era of sensational art. The vibrancy of color and twinkling light of this period of experimentation brings the viewer straight to Monet’s garden or the Moulin Rouge. By comparing the works of these artists, their subjects, and milieu, we get a real sense of what life at the end of the 19th century in Paris was like.
The Impressionist’s Eye is a wonderful opportunity to experience these works first hand, from the most famous masterpieces to delicate works on paper that are not often displayed. The truly innovative nature and unique vision of these artists is obvious, though still utterly stunning.