Wednesday, 17 April 2013

National Gallery of Ireland - the collection, 2


National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Some more paintings, Impressionists amongst others.

Portrait of Adolphe Marlet, Gustave Courbet, 1851

Banks of a Canal near Naples, Gustave Caillebotte, 1872

One of the most important patrons of the Impressionists, Caillebotte also exhibited alongside them. By cutting the composition at the edges of the canvas, he presents a view that seems incidental and very modern. His fascination with spatial recession is later to be found in paintings of Parisian boulevards and apartment interiors.

Boy Eating Cherries, Pierre Bonnard, 1895

The informal 'snap-shot' arrangement of this densely patterned composition reflects Bonnard's interest in photography and Japanese prints.

The Banks of the Canal du Long a Saint-Mammes, Alfred Sisley, 1888

Wanting to explore the fleeting effects of light upon the landscape, Sisley applied paint on the canvas with small brushstrokes of varying texture and intensity.

Young Woman in White Reading, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1873

Renoir's loose brushstroke demonstrates his close association with Monet at this time, while the monochrome tones relate to his interest in the work of Manet.

Umpferstedt III, Lyonel Feininger, 1919

The composition's facetted architectural forms, steely tones and restrained dynamism demonstrate his interest in Cubism. In 1919 Feininger became Head of Design at the Bauhaus.

Le Dejeuner, Pierre Bonnard, 1923

Le Corsage Noir, Berthe Morisot, 1878

An exploration of light and the colour black.

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