Reflection: Impressionist Masters of Plein Air presents a display of landscapes and scenes of intimate outdoor settings. It is our first special exhibition, following the outbreak of the pandemic, in the New York gallery.
Reflection is a presentation of exemplary paintings by French artists of the avant-garde who first garnered attention when participating in the Paris Salon at the turn of the twentieth century. Throughout their careers they revisited beloved natural motifs and landmarks, paying careful attention to the relationship between color and mood.
The exhibition’s title points to a thematic and affective unity between the works on display. ‘Reflection,’ on the one hand, points to the repeated motif of refracted light: trees and bridges duplicated by a pool of water, the halos of porch lights across a bay, and mirrored panes of window glass. The emotional concept of ‘reflection’ engages with the shared atmosphere of these paintings, defined by a serenity and quiet repose that inspires introspection within the viewer.
We are delighted to present fourteen meditative paintings dedicated to the exploration of mood, depicted through outdoor settings at specific times of day or night. A primary focus of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, these works investigate and capture the fleeting experience of a moment through intensified colour palettes and heightened attention to the quality of light.