Montreal’s foliage fades to grey, but an exhibit of Impressionism ensures not all color is lost


In the description of this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color reference is made to the stunning colors of the foliage here in north-eastern North America. In Montreal, perhaps due to our being a little farther north those vibrant reds and yellows have pretty much reached their peak and are quickly fading to shades of grey (at least fifty I’m told) and brown as the daylight hours shorten and winter threatens.

But just in time to avert an early onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder, another spectacular splash of color has arrived in town with the opening of a new exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsOnce Upon a Time… Impressionism – Great French Paintings from the Clark. More gentle and pastel in nature than the changing foliage, these colors are well-known even to non-art buffs. Included in the pieces that make up the exhibition are works by Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as twenty-one canvases by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant, 1872

Impressionism has long been one of my favorite genres primarily for its colors and use of light. In contrast to the sharp and vivid colors of the post-impressionists, impressionist painters often used color in a washed out style  in their works resulting in a softer depiction of landscapes and people. Less attention to detail and more focus on the overall impression gave the style its name.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette

I have to admit I always look to see if Rod Stewart is in the Renoir as he used a modified version for his A Night on the Town album cover.

So bring on the long white nights of winter; at least a little solace can be sought in the warm colors of the Impressionist masters. As I’ve yet to visit the exhibition I don’t know if any of the works I have depicted here are included,  they are just a few of my favorites

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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