In the 1860s, a small and close-knit circle of young artists around Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Auguste Renoir developed a completely new mode of painting. Under the name Impressionism, it was to become synonymous with an entire epoch of nineteenth-century art. The artists executed their paintings rapidly and directly in front of the motif, making new themes and perceptions depictable. Seemingly commonplace scenes and banal landscapes became vibrant events before the beholder’s very eyes. In their works, the instant of observation and the moment of painting appear inseparable.
Thanks to a selection of some 80 rarely or never exhibited loans from private collections that will complement and round out its own holdings, the Staatsgalerie exhibition will be able to retrace the history of Impressionism’s development from beginning to en. In addition to paintings by the more prominent Impressionists such as Manet, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Degas, it will also feature examples by Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Caillebotte, Jean-Louis Forain and Paul Gauguin.