Gems Of Impressionism at Ara Pacis

Enter the world of the masters of Impressionism where elegance and grace preside at the ‘Gems of Impressionism’ exhibition at the Ara Pacis museum in Rome.

For the first time ever some of the most famous Impressionist and Post Impressionist pieces have traveled from their home at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and are on display here in Rome at the Ara Pacis museum. The exhibition entitled “Gems of Impressionism” opened on October 23rd and features many prominent pieces from some of the biggest names during this period (such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Boudin, Pissarro, Bonnard, Toulose-Lautrec, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat).

Gems Of Impressionism at Ara Pacis
Claude Monet – Argenteuil
c. 1872, oil on canvas. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.42

Your experience begins when the first piece you are met with is not only one of the most important, but the perfect introductory piece to open the exhibition – Argenteuil  by Claude Monet. Monet is a one of the founding fathers of Impressionism and Argenteuil is the city that is accredited as the birthplace of creativity for the movement. As you move along, you enter different rooms – each dedicated to a certain subject matter such as landscapes, portraits, women and still life. The exhibition successfully depicts what Impressionism stood for – the beauty in nature through colors without defined lines and an emphasis on texture.

The muted blue walls and the slow, almost distant music add to the atmosphere created. As you exit, you walk down a long hallway filled with information on each artist used to delight your eyes through the journey. This is one exhibition worth experiencing.

Gems Of Impressionism at Ara Pacis
Vincent van Gogh – Flower Beds in Holland
c. 1883, oil on canvas on wood
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.21

Lungotevere in Augusta
Metro Flaminio
Tue-Sun 9am-7pm
entry fee 7.50-8.50

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