There's a new impressionism exhibit coming to the AGO in February

Jan 31 2019, 8:15 pm

Lovers of impressionism are in for a treat, as a beautiful new exhibit featuring over 100 pieces of artwork is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this February.

Titled¬†Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more,¬†the new exhibit explores “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 exhibit 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.

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Opening in Toronto on February 16, this collection of rare and exceptional artworks invites AGO visitors to imagine their own city in the changing streets, lives and landscapes of late 19th century France.

“At the heart of this exhibition is a collision between the old and the new, as people, cities and ways of life are dissembled and rebuilt. The thrills and challenges that we experience in times of immense change are feelings that persist just as strongly today in Toronto as they did in Paris in the 1870s,” said¬†Dr. Caroline Shields, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of European Art.

Edgar Degas, Woman Ironing, c. 1876-1887, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

“Issues of affordability, sprawl and transit are just as prevalent now as they were 150 years ago. Seeing these works together for the first time provides an incredibly rich addition to the story of Impressionism as we know it.”

Timed entry tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 1 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults.

Vincent van Gogh, Factories at Clichy, 1887. Image courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum

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

When: February 16 to May 5
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: $25 for adults