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Gallery Talk: The Science of Impressionist Painting

July 28, 2013
Meet in Gallery 100
Free with museum admission

The mid-to-late 19th century was a period of great scientific and technological innovation, and the revolutionary art of the French Impressionists coincided with, and owed great deal to, these exciting developments. This gallery talk will look at paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas and others, focusing on how they reflect the scientific and technological aspects of the day: new ideas of optics and theories of perception, innovations in the manufacture and diffusion of the materials of painting, and the greater ease and convenience of travel made possible by modern transportation.

This program is held in celebration of the Chicago Public Library's annual Adult Summer Learning Program.

Claude Monet. On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868. Potter Palmer Collection.