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A History of Impressionism

One morning, one of us, having no black, used blue instead: and impressionism was born.
-Pierre-Auguste Renoir
For the first and only time, 74 paintings of the exceptional collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts will be shown in Montréal. The exhibit includes works by Bonnard, Corot, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and Toulouse-Lautrec. All of these artists, each in their own way, were able to convey the magic of a place, the subtlety of a mood, and the depth of an emotion. Why not extend the enchantment of the exhibit with music that takes a similar inspiration in its conception. The works are by Debussy, who considered a career as an painter before dedicating himself to the world of sound; Satie the iconoclast, conveyor of ancient beauty; Ravel, uncontested master of moods; Tournier, poet of the everyday; and Françaix, to whom we owe the touching series Portraits d’enfants de Renoir.

© Lucie Renaud
Translation: Peter Christensen

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Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà
Angèle Dubeau
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