Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism

Jepson Center September 28, 2018—February 10, 2019

Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is an expansive view of nineteenth-century French painting and its influences. It is a story of artistic freedom and the shift from stilted academic historicism to near abstraction.

In 1874, a group of young painters—including Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir—organized an exhibition independent of the official French Salon, which did not approve of their new style. Called “Impressionists” because their paintings appeared to capture a fleeting vision of light on a subject rather than the thing itself, the artists often worked en plein air, or out of doors. Their work was characterized by quick brushwork and unblended paint applied directly to the canvas, creating shape and volume through the contrast of colors. The works in the exhibition are not only beautiful but also historically significant, with some of the canvases first seen in the original Impressionist shows of the 1870s and 1880s in Paris.

Monet to Matisse features 30 paintings from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still lifes by leaders of French Impressionism: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley, as well as work by noted Americans Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. Major paintings by Post-Impressionist artists Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, and Georges Braque complete the exhibition.


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Opening Lecture

Thursday, September 27 | 6pm
Jepson Center


Monet to Matisse is organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee.

Investment is provided by the City of Savannah.

Investment is provided by the City of Savannah


All works collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. Images, top left to bottom right:  Claude Monet (French, 1840 – 1926); Port of Dieppe, Evening, 1882; oil on canvas; 27 ¼ x 28 ¾ inches. Henri Matisse (French, 1869 – 1954); The Palace, Belle Île, c. 1896 – 97; oil on canvas; 12 ¾ x 15 ¾ inches. Alfred Sisley (French, 1839 – 1899); The Seine at Billancourt, c. 1877 – 78; oil on canvas; 15 x 21 ½ inches. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841 – 1919); The Picture Book, c. 1895; oil on canvas; 15 ½ x 12 ½ inches. Claude Monet (French, 1840 – 1926); Village Street, c. 1870; oil on canvas; 16 ¼ x 25 inches.