Film Review -“French Impressionism at the Musee D’Orsay (2006)”

The film “French Impressionism at the Musee D’Orsay” enlightens about the history of the Impressionist movement in art, some of the key artists and their works. It starts by taking the viewer on a journey through the now 30-year-old museum’s history, including about how the building was once a railway station and some of the tensions that arose about the site’s future. It then explores how the artists helped define a movement built on the tenets of displaying light, shadow and color in their paintings. Once, the Impressionist movement was met with scorn, but it has since become universally adored, and it is not hard to understand why. ClaudeMonet-Impression-Sunrise-1872 For instance, I’ve always been captivated by Claude Monet’s paintings of water lilies and was fascinated to learn how much of a central figure he was to the movement; his painting “Impression, Sunrise (1872)” is widely thought to have given the movement its name. And many of his works are indicative of the movement’s trademark of painting outdoors. The museum, in France, has grown into one of the preeminent museums of Paris, and the film made me want to visit it someday.


About Philip B.

I'm a recent MLS graduate seeking work as a youth services librarian in a public library. I especially enjoy organizing and presenting storytimes using my puppetry and storytelling skills. I love books, both print and electronic. I also enjoy art, music, theatre and baseball. One of my favorite summer activities is going to the NC mountains and exploring hiking trails.

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