Dazzling Reflections – 100 Impressionist Masterpieces (Eblouissants reflets) takes over the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) in Rouen. This is the major exhibition of Impressionist art and the one that everybody should try to see if time in Normandy is limited. The exhibition has works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Signac, Cézanne and Van Gogh. All of these major artists take the theme of water and light, depicting the flickering reflections on the water’s surface which, to the 19th-century mind, represented the fleeting nature of reality. Their paintings captured a particular instant in time, such as Monet’s views of Vétheuil and the famous Water Lilies in the limpid pool at Giverny, Monet’s home.
You see early works and the later ones that took the new Impressionist art in different directions, from Cézanne’s landscapes with their dense blocks of color to the experiments of Paul Signac and his pointillist works.
The exhibition also has a great collection of contemporary photographs from the likes of Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), whose seascapes are extraordinary, Charles Marville (1813-1879), and the British photographer, Peter Henry Emerson, again all echoing the theme of water.
Practical InformationMusée des Beaux-arts
Esplanade Marcel Duchamp
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 02 35 71 28 40
Dates & Times
April 19th to September 20th, 2013
Thursday to Monday 9am-7pm, Wednesday 11am-10pm
Admission 10 euros