Archive “Sunday morning”: impressionism at 150

On April 15, 1874 – 150 years ago – the first Impressionist exhibition opened on the Rue du Capucines in Paris, with works by 30 artists, including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It was organized by the 'Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, etc.' and was founded in response to the Paris Salon, the annual government-sponsored exhibition that regularly rejected the works of emerging artists.

The show, which lasted about a month (overlapping the start of the 1874 Salon), was a financial failure for the artists. Only 3,500 visitors were present. The response was hostile; critics coined the term “Impressionist” as a derogatory term, inspired by Monet's “Impression, Sunrise.”

History has proven these critics wrong. From the 'Sunday Morning' archives, view these fascinating portraits of the innovative painters who created a new art language.


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Edouard Manet, whose seaside holiday turned the tide of modern art and promoted the birth of Impressionism. Martha Teichner reports on the exhibition “Manet and the Sea” (April 25, 2004);

Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, whose images and dramatic life story have captivated millions of people. Rita Braver reports on an exhibition at the National Gallery and travels to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and to the South of France (October 4, 1998);

Jacqueline Adams visits an Art Institute of Chicago retrospective on the enormous 60-year career of Claude Monet (August 27, 1995);

Camille Pissarro, one of the founders of the Impressionist school, who used his brush to capture the everyday. Anthony Mason reports (June 11, 1995);

A retrospective of works by Edgar Degas inaugurated the renovated National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, as reported by Charles Osgood (October 9, 1988);

As an American and as a woman, Maria Cassatt was a rarity among the French Impressionist masters. Jacqueline Adams participated in an exhibition of her work at the Art Institute of Chicago (November 22, 1998);

Paul Cezanne (whom Picasso called “the father of us all”) was the subject of “Cézanne in Provence,” a sun-bleached collection of 117 paintings and watercolors at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Morley Safer Visited (April 23, 2006);

Pointillism was its technique Georges Seurat. Charles Osgood reported on a Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective of 185 works charting Seurat's rapid and extremely short career (September 29, 1991);

Gustave Caillebotte was a wealthy French lawyer who embraced the radical new Impressionist movement, as a collector and artist himself. His paintings, hidden for a century, were the subject of an exhibition attended by Jacqueline Adams (23 April 1995);

In the sweltering summer of 1999, Charles Osgood took part in an exhibition of cool art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art entitled “Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige” (August 1, 1999);

The late works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as Martha Teichner reports (August 8, 2010);

At the Art Institute of Chicago, a late period exhibition Degas works—radical charcoal, pastels, and sculptures that the artist produced in the last thirty years of his life—shattered our preconceived ideas about the artist who helped define Impressionism. Jacqueline Adams reports (October 27, 1996); And

Child Hassamwho was considered the leading American Impressionist of the time, was the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as reported by Charles Osgood (July 4, 2004);

Director Julian Schnabel and actor Willem Dafoe also spoke with Serena Altschul about reimagining the life of Vincent van Gogh in the film “At the Gate of Eternity” (January 6, 2019).

Exhibitions

There are numerous exhibitions celebrating the anniversary of Impressionism.

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is hosting “Paris 1874: Inventing Impressionism” (although July 14). The exhibition, with 130 works, then travels to the National Art Gallery in Washington (September 8, 2024 through January 19, 2025).

Other shows include:

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