Visit to Vancouver Art Museum
The exhibit we saw was one of sketches, studies and drawings by the Impressionists. There were ninety-seven pieces in the show. Most were in charcoal, red chalk or pastels, although a few were in watercolor. All of the important Impressionist artists were there plus many minor artists, or should I say, artists with whom I was not familiar. Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaugin, Manet, Seurat, Pizzaro plus many more.
These drawings were from the collection of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Oddly enough, they have never been exhibited there. Apparently the museum does not have the space to exhibit drawings, although such a space is being planned for the future. These drawings were only going to be shown in Vancouver and then were to go directly back to Paris and into storage. So if a French person wanted to view these drawings he or she would have to come to Vancouver.
We spent nearly three hours in the exhibit and had no time for any of the other exhibits on display. Anybody who loves art and has taken their time with an exhibit knows how tiring it can be. Although we missed the other floors of the museum I was more than pleased with just the Impressionist drawings. The exhibit was called “The Modern Woman.” It was divided into The Portrait, the Nude, The Space of Intimacy, the Private Realm, the Public Realm and Beyond the City. I have never before purchased the catalog of an exhibit which contained reproductions of all of the pieces in the show. As far as I can tell, this catalog did. It is exceptional. I am so glad I roused myself to travel north to view this exhibit.