The world of Impressionism

Date and time

Saturday 25 February, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Frances Fowle, Anna Gruetzner Robins, Christopher Riopelle, MaryAnne Stevens, Sarah Thomas & Lucrezia Walker


£20/£18 conc./£16 Members/£10 students

Towards the end of the 19th century, many artists around the world shared a fascination with effects of colour and sunlight; experimenting with painting outdoors; and capturing scenes of modern life in vivid colours and loose brushstrokes.

In some countries, an Impressionist art movement developed as a direct result of strong French influence; in others, comparable artistic traditions evolved in parallel with French Impressionism. Impressionism allowed artists to explore burgeoning national self-consciousness through landscape painting.

This in-focus day explores the international dimension of Impressionism, highlighting the work of the French Impressionists, alongside groups of regional painters in America, Australia, Britain, Denmark, and Italy, who were practising their own brand of Impressionism.


11am: Welcome from Christopher Riopelle

11.15am: Christopher Riopelle, 'Impressionism and the National Gallery's broadening remit'

11.45am: MaryAnne Stevens, 'Impressionism within a wider "global" context'

12.15pm: Anna Gruetzner Robins, 'Was Whistler an Impressionist?' 

12.45pm: Q&A with morning speakers

1pm: Break for lunch

2.15pm: Frances Fowle, 'American Impressionism and its origins' 

2.45pm: Sarah Thomas, 'Bohemians in the bush'

3.15pm: Lucrezia Walker, 'Russell: The lost Impressionist' 

3.45pm: Q&A with afternoon speakers

4pm: Close 

Image above: Detail from: George Bellows, Men of the Docks, 1912