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monet normandy train

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 80.2 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1158.  Image © Art Institute of Chicago/ Art Resource, NY.

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more

February 16 - May 5, 2019

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Pulsing with life, Paris in the 1870s was transforming – thanks to wider streets, increased traffic, an explosion of factories in the suburbs and faster, more frequent steam-powered trains. No one in France was immune to the rapid pace of change, least of all artists.

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more explores how French Impressionist artists and their contemporaries, famous for their lush landscapes and sea vistas, were equally obsessed with capturing the spirit of the industrial age. The groundbreaking exhibition features over 120 artworks, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, sculptures and period films.

With masterpieces by beloved artists like Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Van Gogh, Cassatt and Seurat, the exhibition also highlights new favourites like Luce and Caillebotte.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Caroline Shields, AGO Assistant Curator, European Art. “This exhibition invites us to journey through this period of immense change, experiencing its thrills and challenges alongside the artists. As our cities and technologies rapidly change, it’s a journey that continues to resonate today,” Dr. Shields says. “Seeing these works together for the first time provides an incredibly rich addition to the story of Impressionism as we know it.”

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.


Le pont Boieldieu à Rouen, temps mouillé by Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro, Le pont Boieldieu à Rouen, temps mouillé, 1896. Oil on canvas, 73.6 x 91.4 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1937. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

Pissarro Le pont Boieldieu à Rouen
A painting of the eiffel tower by seurat

Georges Seurat, Eiffel Tower, c. 1889. Oil on panel, 24.1 x 15.2 cm. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, William H. Noble Bequest Fund 1979.

Seurat Eiffel Tower
Les Batteurs de pieux, le chantier by Maximilian Luce

Maximilian Luce, Les Batteurs de pieux, le chantier, 1900. Oil on canvas, 73.4 x 92.2 cm. Gift from the Estate of R. Fraser Elliott, 2005. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

Maximilian Luce Les Batteurs de pieux
La Demoiselle de magasin by James Tissot.

James Tissot, La Demoiselle de magasin, c. 1883 – 1885. Oil on canvas, 146.1 x 101.6 cm. Gift from Corporations' Subscription Fund, 1968. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

James Tissot La Demoiselle de magasin

Impressionism Events


Curators' Circle
Exclusive: Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more
Tuesday, February 26

French avant-garde artists of the late 19th century were enthralled by the modernity of industry and technology, and they captured their changing world in art. This exhibition is the first to examine their sustained engagement with industry, offering a new and grittier view of this celebrated chapter in art history.

Curator’s Talk: Impressionism in the Age of Industry
Wednesday March 20, 7 PM

Join Caroline Shields, AGO Assistant Curator, European Art for a talk exploring her major new exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Mo

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