Impressionist Exhibit Opens at Speed Museum

by Rick Howlett on February 2, 2012

A new exhibit of French Impressionist paintings opens tomorrow at Louisville’s Speed Art Musuem.

Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color features more than 80 works that capture the scenes and people of Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Curator Ruth Cloudman says more than 50 of the works are on loan from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis.

“One of my favorites is A Ballet Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper (1885) by Edgar Degas (below). I think it’s absolutely exquisite. It’s a pastel and he was a master of that very difficult medium. And it was done quite quickly. It was a sketch from life, but it was so exquisitely done,” she said.

Other works in the exhibit come from the Speed and from private collections in Kentucky.

Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color runs though May 6 at the Speed Art Museum.

(At top: The Joyous Festival (1906) by Gaston La Touche. Paintings are from the collecton of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN)

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