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Renoir, Pissaro, and Cézanne

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –

Continuing the presentations by the Polk County Library and Mena Art Gallery on Impressionism, we will be showing another half-hour DVD featuring Professor William Kloss on Saturday, March 22, at 1:00 pm at the gallery, 607 Mena Street.

Professor Kloss is an independent art historian for the Smithsonian Institution and is an excellent and very knowledgeable lecturer. As with the previous two lectures, there will be time to discuss what we have seen and Impressionism in general.

In this lecture, we will look into the characteristics of Impressionist painting in general as well as the special contributions of three exceptional artists: Renoir, Pissaro, and Cézanne, always keeping in mind that they were making it up as they went along and the “rules” of Impressionist painting are an attempt to find order in what was really a revolution in style at the time.

If you were to go to see the originals of the work shown and discussed in this lecture, you would have a trip to London, New York, Philadelphia, Germany, Paris, and Washington, D.C. We can’t bring you the originals, but I believe you’ll enjoy seeing the work on screen.

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