The Exhibitions

Spend this summer with the Impressionists and experience 100 works spanning 100 years. The Impressionists and their followers sparked a revolution in European art in the late 19th century: they broke from convention, and changed the art world forever. Painting spontaneously out-of-doors and ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches, the Impressionists captured landscapes and scenes of everyday life. Today they are some of the most beloved artists of all time: Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many others. In this spectacular showcase that’s inspiring for all ages, two exhibitions come together to mark Manitoba’s first major display of French Impressionist paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 features more than 60 pieces from the Brooklyn Museum, New York’s renowned collection of European art with a selection of works from the WAG collection. Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these paintings and sculptures were produced by leadings artists of the avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Impressionism and much more.

A second exhibition, The Impressionists on Paper, brings to Winnipeg over 20 artworks from the National Gallery of Canada’s eminent collection of Impressionist art, including watercolours, pastels, drawings, and prints. The Impressionists on Paper charts three decades, beginning in the 1870s, the decade of the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris. See landscapes, portraits, and contemporary scenes by these diverse artists, offering a glimpse into one of the most exhilarating moments in the history of art.

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National Gallery of Canada

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum
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The Impressionists on Paper
Curated by Stephen Borys with the
Generous Collaboration of the National Gallery of Canada

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E. Prudence Heward. Canadian, 1896–1947, Farmer's Daughter, c. 1938. oil on canvas, 66.6 x 66.5 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift from the Estate of Prudence Heward, G-51-170. Photographer: Ernest Mayer, courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Women Artists in Canada, 1900-1960

Presented alongside Summer with the Impressionists, Defying Convention: Women Artists in Canada, 1900-1960, responds to the gender imbalance in the two European exhibitions. Defying Convention highlights the work of ground-breaking women artists of the Modernist period in Canada – they were the innovators, shattering 19th-century art world traditions. Moreover, they resisted the notion that a woman’s sphere was primarily the home through occupying multiple roles as artists and activists, mothers and mentors, wives and lovers, teachers and community members. more >