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Impressionists on Paper – Royal Academy, UK

25 Nov — 10 Mar 2024

Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh. We all know their paintings, but it’s their radical works on paper we put the spotlight on in this ground-breaking exhibition.

In the whirl of modernity that was late 19th-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the future direction of art. But it wasn’t just through their paintings. In a subtle but seismic shift, they lifted the status of works on paper – drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas, gouaches – from something preparatory that you left in a studio, to artworks in their own right.

In this rich exhibition, we bring together around 70 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists whose innovation would challenge traditional attitudes and ultimately pave the way for later movements like Abstract Expressionism.

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