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Northern Lights. Impressionism in Normandy

Monet, Renoir, Bonnard, Boudin, Corot, Courbet, Daubigny, but also Delacroix, Dufy, Gericault… For the first time, Fort of Bard devotes an exhibition to impressionists through an unedited project curated by the art historian Alain Tapié in cooperation with Ponte Organisation für kulturelles Management GmbH in Wien. More than seventy important works of art tell artists’ fascination with Normandy, a natural landscape with its own concrete and vibrant “physicality”.

Artworks come from Peindre en Normandie Association of Caen and the Belvedere Museum of Wien.

This land has exerted an irresistible force of attraction among the artists of the nineteenth century, starting from the discovery made by English painters and watercolors who crossed the English Channel to study the landscape, the ruins and the monuments of French soil. The attitude of English artists to paint plunged in nature and no longer in the interior of their studios has been a model and it has been a source of inspiration for entire generations of French painting. The exhibition recounts the birth, from the early decades of the nineteenth century of impression painting, which it will give life to the movement of impressionisms as we know it, the post impressionism and the main movements of the twentieth century artistic avant-gardes, using the color as the main mean of expression.