Feb 06

"Incomparable Impressionism": Exploring the MFAH Exhibit (Prerecorded Video)

Helga Aurisch

Helga Aurisch, the organizing curator of the exhibition “Incomparable Impressionism," will give insights into the selection of over 100 masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Boston museum is the repository of one of the finest and largest holdings of Impressionist masterpieces and this exhibition consists of paintings that are rarely permitted to travel. The collection is of such depth and breadth that the exhibition illustrates in almost text-book fashion the development of Impressionism from its precursors, the Barbizon painters and the works of Eugène Boudin, Monet’s mentor, to its main representatives Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas, ending with works by the celebrated Post-Impressionists Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, who set the stage for artists of the early 20th century.

Dr. Aurisch will examine the outstanding highlights of the exhibition, Renoir’s Dance at Bougival, Manet’s Street Singer and Monet’s Water Lily Pond in detail, situating them within the artists’ oeuvres, while also giving an overview of each of the different sections of this thematically conceived exhibition. Thus, topics like “Watery Surfaces: Innovation and Mastery,” as well as “Impressionists in the City,” “Impressionist Still Lifes,” and “Pissarro: Mentor and Student” will be explored. Since the exhibition offers a large selection of works by Monet that illustrate his daring innovations and experimentations over a long and often difficult career, his achievements will be a central point of the discussion.

This class was previously recorded and is available to purchase and view through August 31, 2022.



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