11 September 2009 - 14 February 2010

Comprising 170 works, the exhibition Impressionism - Painting Light unfolds the mesmerizing world of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting.  
In addition to 75 paintings from the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne, the show will include an enriching range of superb works from the Albertina and the Batliner Collection as well as loans from private collections and international museums. 40 historical objects, painting utensils and gadgets will convey an idea of an artist’s daily routine, of how he approached his motifs and prepared and executed his paintings. Didactic materials such as an installation for the explanation of optical phenomena or x-ray and infrared pictures will allow the visitor to literally grasp the genesis of Impressionist works.
The focus of this extraordinary and ambitious exhibition will be on the results of a five-year research project which has provided new, fascinating insights into the development of Impressionism and its techniques and modes of painting. Equal importance has been granted to the history and the technology of art. This approach has yielded fresh answers to such questions as “What is an impression?”, “Inside or outside?”, or “When is a painting finished?” - answers permitting to retell the story of Impressionism from a new perspective based on exemplary works by Courbet, Caillebotte, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Signac and Van Gogh.


This exhibition was conceived by the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne.


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Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Exhibition view "Impressionism" 
Albert Besnard

A Meadow in the Park in Calais, 1890 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

On the Banks of the Seine at Rueil, 1879 
Claude Monet

View of Vétheuil, 1881  
Maximilien Luce

Notre Dame, View from Quai Saint-Michel, 1901-04 
Georges Seurat

Figure in a Landscape near Barbizon, circa 1882 
Gustave Caillebotte

Laundry Drying on the Bank of the Seine, circa 1892 
Paul Cézanne

Cup, Glass and Fruit II, circa 1877 
Paul Cézanne

Portrait of a Farmer, 1905/06 
Edgar Degas

Interior at Ménil-Hubert, 1892 
Edgar Degas

After the Bath, circa 1893 
Edgar Degas

Two Dancers, circa 1905 
Paul Gauguin

Breton Boy, 1889 
Édouard Manet

Woman with Tub, circa 1878/79 
Vincent Willem van Gogh

Impasse des deux fréres, 1887 
Édouard Manet

Asparagus Still Life, 1880 
Maxime Maufra

Winter Landscape, 1890 
Claude Monet

Fishing Boats on the Beach at Čtretat, 1883-84 
Alfred Sisley

Bridge at Hampton Court, 1874 
Berthe Morisot

The Harbour at Nice, 1881/82 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, 1875/76 
Théo van Rysselberghe

Seated Nude, 1905 
Paul Signac

Capo di Noli, 1898 
Wool case of Vincent van Gogh, reconstruction 
Pleinair-equipment of the painter Jules-Ernest Renoux