A Look at French Impressionism Art Collection from The National Gallery of Art

We’ve got a solution for you, though. Or, a respite at least. A dreamy (and virtual) stroll through French Impressionism and its many landscapes at the National Gallery of Art.

We’ve got a solution for you, though. Or, a respite at least. A dreamy (and virtual) stroll through French Impressionism and its many landscapes at the National Gallery of Art.

 Life right now is? complicated, to say the least. Our personal and professional worlds are colliding and shrinking as we observe social distancing mandates. We have consolidated our jobs, social lives, and families into a single operation that launches daily from our living rooms. For most of us, it sounds as wild and hectic as it is in practice.

 

 

Our National Gallery of Art French Impressionism Tour: The Closest Thing to Teleportation There is 

If you’re dreaming of the day when you can finally take a vacation, we feel you. We’re all in the same boat. While teleportation technology isn’t quite ready to drop you directly into a French garden, a tour of the National Gallery of Art’s French Impressionism is the next best thing.

What can you expect from this virtual vacation at the National Gallery of Art? Plenty of sunshine, nature, energy, and joy. French Impressionism paintings were done outside (en plein air) with a speed that reflected the changes in the natural environment. Artists painted what they saw and experienced, not just what they knew to be true. That’s why the sky in John La Farge’s The Entrance to the Tautira River is softened with light violet and feels as accurate and nostalgic as a photograph. We all know that the sky is blue, but it looked lilac at that moment.

If that magical quality of French Impressionism doesn’t drown out the noise of your kids screaming and emails flooding your inbox, we don’t know what will.

The Leisure Time in French Impressionism: The Light and Energy We All Need Right Now

 In this sense, the work that sprung up in the French Impressionism era is everything that we want and need during this pandemic. The colors, brushstrokes, and outside settings of these paintings have energy and vibrance that boost our moods and bring us outside of ourselves (and our living rooms).

Vincent Van Gogh’s Olive Orchard is covered in distinct, swirling brushstrokes that pull us upwards and inwards, into his world. These women amongst the trees come alive, and it’s like you’re standing beside Van Gogh as he surveys the landscape. Deep violet marks sit next to soft beige ones, and yet it feels so real that you can almost reach down and touch the soil.

The light and color reflecting off the water’s surface in Gustave Caillebotte’s Skiffs makes you want to dip your toes beneath the waves as you ease down the river. He captures the movement of a canoe cutting across the gentle swells of water so realistically that suddenly, you feel compelled to buy a kayak on Amazon. Trust us, we know the feeling well (but maybe hold off on that for now).

These paintings bring us all back to simpler times and immerse us in nature. You can almost see the flick of a painter’s wrist as their eyes dart across an ever-changing sky and feel the tingle of sunshine on the skin of their hands as they move across the canvas.

 

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Diane

Diane is the producer of Street Art Museum Tours. Both of her parents are artists and introduced her to the arts at a young age. Her mission is to reach out to local and far away communities to show them that art museums can be both entertaining and informative in a way that both the common person and the savvy art enthusiasts can both enjoy. She strives for all tours to include elements of history, art history, and cultural elements. She is a student of art history. Her favorite courses are from Modern Art.
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