Honouring 150 years of Impressionism

  • Date

    07 June to 30 June, 2024

  • Time

    11am - 8pm

  • Location

    UB City #801, 8th Floor, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore – 560 001

  • Artist

    Aleksandr Ibragimov

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Concept Note

150 years ago, on April 15th, 1874, a group of 30 artists organised an exhibition that would launch the movement known as Impressionism. Among the members of the society who showcased over 150 pieces on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris were Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Pissarro. They all converged in rejecting the established modus operandi of state-controlled salons and the realism associated with traditional painting. The show faced heated criticism, with the term “impressionism” initially used as an insult to the distorted forms and vivid colours employed by the artists. Louise Leroy famously criticised Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise,” (see above) unwittingly bestowing upon the movement its unifying name. The Impressionists’ revolutionary techniques, characterised by short, broken brushstrokes and vibrant palettes, challenged the artistic conventions of their time. With the fleeting effects of light and colour over detailed representation, they ushered in a new era in art. Aleksandr Ibragimov has always gravitated towards Impressionism with its vivid colours, and he is particularly fascinated by the rendering of light in a lot of these works, especially by Renoir and Monet. The combination of light, vibrant colours and the resulting emotions that these canvases convey is what made Aleksandr wanting to focus on this particular art expression.

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