An artist renowned for a portrait of his mother.
An artist recognized as one of the leading visionaries of English watercolour landscapes.
An artist who was a pioneer of Impressionism.
These are the three master artists featured in one stunning exhibit opening on June 12 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (page 66).
Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions brings together for the first time an exceptional collection of more than 100 paintings by J. M. W. Turner, James McNeill Whistler and Claude Monet.
Nearly 16 years in the making, the exhibit was initially conceived as an artistic dialogue across time and space linking the works of Turner, Whistler and Monet. Both Whistler and Monet, who were friends themselves, greatly admired Turner’s work. Through a collaboration with Tate Britain in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, an almost equal number of works by each artist were secured from galleries and private collectors from around the world, all of which contribute to the examination of the themes and variations of nineteenth-century French and English art.One of the finest landscape artists of his generation, British-born Turner is also regarded as a founder of English watercolour landscape painting. Among his most famous works are The Grand Canal, Venice; Norham Castle, Sunrise; and Dido Building Carthage or the Rise of the Carthaginian Empire.
Whistler, an American who lived in London and Paris from the age of 21 to his death at the age of 69, defied any particular style or movement, creating works that were strictly to be aesthetically pleasing, which he achieved through harmonious colour, the use of pattern, and play of light. His most famous work was a full-length portrait of his mother, Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1, more commonly referred to as “Whistler’s Mother.”French artist Monet, who not only founded and named the Impressionist movement with his work Impression: Sunrise in 1872, was also responsible for many of the most recognizable pieces from this movement, including his depictions of his garden and waterlilies at Giverny, haystacks and Rouen Cathedral.
In this exhibit, the life’s work of three of the most revolutionary artists of the 19th century are explored, shedding new light on the development of Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism.
The AGO is the first stop and the only North American venue for this phenomenal exhibit, after which it will be featured at the Grand Palais in Paris and finally at Tate Britain in London.
Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions is presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario from June 12 to September 12, 2004. For more information, call 416-979-6648 or visit the Web site at www.ago.net.—Linda Luong