This winter, though, the National Gallery are approaching the movement from a different angle. From down under, in fact: Australia's Impressionists is a showcase of art made in the mid-19th century - in parallel with but distinct from its British and French counterparts.
Impressionism was a liberating movement. The paintings - composed en plein air, away from the creaking easel and stilled air of a studio - deal with light and movement as never before.
During the 1870s and 1880s, immigrant artists who had trained and worked in Europe brought first-hand experience of international art to Australia. They handed over Impressionism to their Antipodean counterparts - and this exhibition will showcase the results.
Australia had four major exponents of Impressionism – Tom Roberts (1856–1931), Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder (1868–1909), and John Russell (1858–1930).
We’re not in Europe anymore, Toto. Come and discover one of our best-loved movements transported to an unfamiliar landscape.
|What||Australia's Impressionists, National Gallery|
|Where||National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
07 Dec 16 – 26 Mar 17, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily
|Price||£Admission charge TBC|
|Website||Click here for more information|