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Impressionist Exhibits

Works of the great Impressionist painters are gracing North and South Carolina this spring. Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art opens today at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and will be open until June 21st. The exhibit also includes European and American works ranging from the 16th through the 20th century. Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday March 15th) John Bullard,  the director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, will be giving a lecture at 3 PM on the top masterpieces in the collection. The Impressionists painters produced some of my favorite works, and I am looking forward to going to this exhibit.

Edgar Degas, Dancer in Green, 1878

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Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child in Conservatory,  1905

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Claude Monet, Houses on the Old Bridge at Vernon, 1883

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Edgar Degas, Dancer Adjusting her Stocking, modeled circa 1880, cast 1919–1921

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TURNER TO CÉZANNE:  Masterpieces from the Davies Collection is on exhibit from March 6th-June 7th at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. This is the first time these works are available to view in the United States. The Welch sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies amassed an incredibly large 19th and 20th century art collection between 1908-1923. They bequethed their collection to the National Museum Wales. The exhibit is travelling to five locations throughout the United States in the next eighteen months.

Claude Monet, Waterlillies, 1906

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Storm, 1840-1845

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Vincent Van Gogh, Rain-Auvers, 1890

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Parisienne, 1874

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While travelling in Paris in 2002 I spent an afternoon at the Musée d’Orsay, which has possibly the best Impressionist permanent collection in the world. It is a wonderful museum as it is not overwhelming in its size and structurally is it beautiful. Two paintings I loved seeing are

Edgar Degas, The Ballet Class, 1871-1874

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Claude Monet, London, Houses of Parliament, The Sun Shining through the Fog, 1904

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The term Impressionist is derived from Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise , 1872

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Can you tell who is my favorite? I see Monet’s work whenever I can.

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