Impressionist Exhibit Coming To Speed Museum

By Sheila Ash

A unique collection of Impressionist paintings is coming to Louisville’s Speed Art Museum.

The exhibit, called Impressionist Landscapes: Monet to Sargent, will feature more than 60 Impressionist paintings from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, as well as some works from private Kentucky collections.

The paintings are by leading French and American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Museum Director Charles Venable says there is also a special companion exhibit of photographs of Monet’s gardens.

“Generations passed and the garden kind of fell into ruin and then actually thanks in many ways to American philanthropists who raised some money gave it to the French state it was totally restored and Stephen Shore photographed as the garden basically came back into bloom after being restored,” he said.

Venable says the garden inspired many of Monet’s most famous paintings.

The exhibit begins February 4 and runs through May 22.