2 April- 9 April 2014 IMPRESSIONISM, CLAUDE MONET AND GIVERNY
A major change in style took place within artistic representation in the last quarter of the 19th century. In reaction to traditional military, religious and classical portrayal, and painting largely confined to the studio, a number of French artists took their easels outdoors 'en pleine air' in an attempt to capture the changing light and moods in the landscape and the natural environment. They sought to gain an 'impression' using innovative media and frequently capturing the same scene in different seasons and diverse hours of the day. Claude Monet was at the forefront of this movement, and his house and garden at Giverny in Normandy are a colourful testimony to this Impressionistic style.