Impressionist paintings that will inspire your next holiday in France

French flair

Text: Adibah Isa

Before National Gallery Singapore's exhibition, 'Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay' closes on 11 March, take a look at 5 key pieces that will cement your love affair with France

When Belle and Sebastian nudged us to colour life with the chaos of trouble because anything's better than posh isolation, the Scottish folk duo could very well be talking about the 19th century Impressionist masters. In the 1860s, a group of young painters such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir challenged the status quo by taking their work outside. Fellow artists such as Paul Cézanne and Édouard Manet moved out of the studios into the open air, where they were met with light that changed their approach to using colour. Further aided by new pigments of the time, this change resulted in a harmony of hues that characterised the French landscape — forever framing the blues and greens of St. Tropez, the soft blanket of whites that froze Étretat and the colourful chaos of fishing villages like L'Estaque.

Over 60 Impressionist masterpieces dot National Gallery Singapore's 'Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay' exhibition. Check it out before it closes for a whiff of wanderlust that will inspire you to venture out of the tried-and-tested locales of Paris, Nice and Bordeaux.

Till 11 March at National Gallery Singapore.


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