The Lightbox to exhibit rare combination of paintings and sculptures in Impressionism
29 September 2018 – 13 January 2019
Share the Impressionists’ depiction of their everyday world in this extraordinary exhibition, Impressionism: The Art of Life (29 September 2018 – 13 January 2019), showcasing a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War. Explore the Impressionist era from all angles in the exceptionally unique mixture of 2D and 3D elements at The Lightbox.
The exhibition will display works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. Home to the movement, the idyllic French landscape made for a fitting subject for the spontaneous and unprompted method of working embraced by these artists.
By including in equal parts painting and sculpture in this highly unusual display at The Lightbox, works from lesser known sculptors such as Dalou will be seen alongside the more widely recognised works by Impressionist painters.
The exhibition includes paintings and sculptures spanning four key themes related to everyday occurrences: maternity, leisure, work and the home. Visitors to the exhibition will see examples of paintings and sculptures that reflect each theme, arranged in the gallery into four easily-distinguishable sections.
Discover definitive portraiture by Auguste Rodin and Pierre Bonnard in the maternity section, celebrating women as mothers and carers in intimate and delicate studies. From maternity, the exhibition transitions through to looking closely at the quietly domestic, private lives of individuals in the home. In leisure, spectators watch the ballet, the circus and the races, and enjoy dances, as depicted in Edgar Degas’ ‘Miss Lala at the Cirque Fernando’, 1879. Visitors will see serene apple-picking in the sunshine by Camille Pissarro in a more rural working scene, balanced alongside extraordinary sculptures by Dalou depicting the urban labourer.
Highlights of the exhibition include Alfred Sisley’s tranquil street scene, ’14 July at Marly, France’ and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s oil-painted ‘A Woman Nursing a Child’ dating back to 1894.
Impressionism: The Art of Life will be on show at The Lightbox from 29 September 2018 – 13 January 2019, accompanied by a selection of engaging talks and tours. For further information, please visit: www.thelightbox.org.uk