MS Rau’s Revolutionary Exhibition free to the public from October 22

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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – To celebrate its 110th anniversary, the MS Rau will present its new exhibit, Revolutionaries: Impressionists and Post-Impressionists at his gallery at 622 Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana on Oct. 22, 2022. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public and also available online, will run through Jan. 7, 2023 .

Few art movements have had such a lasting impact as the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, who shocked the art world by rebelling against the dominant classical ideals of their time to embrace new techniques and modern subject matter. Revolutionaries: Impressionists and Post-Impressionists brings together paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries to trace the evolution of this movement.

“The Impressionists irrevocably changed the face of the art world,” said MS Rau President Bill Rau, a third-generation art dealer and expert. “This year, as we celebrate our 110th anniversary, we wanted to pay tribute to those artists who revolutionized European painting in the mid-19th century by delving deeper into their lasting legacy.”

MS Rau’s new exhibition will feature paintings that represent the key ideals of these movements, while illustrating the diversity within them. Beginning with the naturalistic landscapes of the Barbizon School, the exhibition will explore the transience of early Impressionism and its experimentation with plein-air painting. The Impressionist legacy will be traced through the work of the Neo-Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, particularly in their scientific methodologies and avant-garde use of color.

From the first outdoor landscapes by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot; to the luminous landscapes of Claude Monet and the urban portraits of Pierre-Auguste Renoir; to the explosive use of vibrant color by Raoul Dufy and Kees van Dongen, these works capture the cultural moment of their time, defining on canvas the new modern era that has swept across the western world.

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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