Claude Monet, French, 1840–1925, Waterloo Bridge, Effet de Soleil, 1903. Oil on canvas, 65.1 x 100 cm. Gift of Herman Levy Esq., O.B.E.;1984.007.0043. Photography by John Tamblyn. Lent by: McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton
The Impressionists and Their Followers: 1850-1920
The works in this gallery exemplify the rapidly changing and diverse landscape of art during the late 19th and early- to mid- 20th centuries. Modernity had firmly taken hold, and a number of artists who commanded a mastery of critique and avant-garde originality in their work can be seen here. One such presence was Impressionism, whereby the changing effects of light, movement, and colour were captured on the canvas. Expressionists rejected objectivity and realism in favour of deeply personal renderings of their subjects. Les Fauves (“the Wild Beasts”) produced more abstracted compositions celebrating brilliant colour, and members of Die Brücke sought to link the past and the present. Evident here are hints of Abstraction and Cubism, displayed alongside reverential depictions of the natural world. Meanwhile, we are afforded a glimpse into the cultural life of Canadian First Nations peoples through art objects, including the earliest example of Aboriginal art in this exhibition.