In the mid-nineteenth century, France was the acknowledged centre of the art world, as realist styles of painting were challenged by Impressionism. With the advent of photography many artists worked to imitate nature, finding new ways to celebrate light and colour as spontaneous ‘impressions’.
This exhibition of treasures from the Musée de la Chartreuse, the regional gallery for Douai in northern France, traces these developments. It ranges from the idealised classical imagery of the late eighteenth century, romantic seascapes and tranquil landscapes depicting the mills and canals of northern France, through to paintings which celebrate the effects of pure light and colour, and works which explore the lives of ordinary people, rarely seen in earlier painting.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see sixty nineteenth and twentieth-century gems from this outstanding French gallery, alongside key paintings by Australian artists working in France and discovering the same traditions, and works by French artists from Australian collections.
This touring exhibition is coming exclusively to Ballarat.
Special guided tours will be available at 12pm every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the run of the exhibition and for group visits by arrangement. French language tours available by arrangement.
This exhibition is ticketed:
AGB Member $10
FT Student $10
Child (16 & under) FREE
Group (10+) $10 per person
Tickets can be purchased on the Art Gallery of Ballarat website .
Image: Wendy Grace, After the storm , 2018, watercolour on paper.
Open daily, 10am – 5pm.
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Entry is Free
Special exhibitions may have an admission fee.