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A look at the First Impressionist Exhibition with art historian Elaine Kilmurray

  • Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall The Square, Yardley Hastings Northampton, England, NN7 1EU United Kingdom (map)

Are you interested in the Impressionist movement? Artists such as Edgar Degas, Eduoard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Then come along to this fantastic talk about the ‘First Impressionist Exhibition’ being given by respected art historian Elaine Kilmurray.

The First Impressionist Exhibition was the first of eight shows held In Paris between 1874 and 1886, and has often been seen as the moment when Modern Art began. The reality is subtler and more nuanced, the artists broadly identified as ‘Impressionist’ were not a coherent group and they had different aims and aesthetics.

In this talk, we shall look at the art world as it was in Paris at the time, discuss some of the work in the exhibition and other work produced at the time. We’ll consider the issues of subject and style, and of continuities as well as rupture.

We shall also look at the role of Edouard Manet, who was regarded as the leader of this ‘group’, although he did not participate in any of the Impressionist shows.

Elaine Kilmurray is an art historian and Research Director of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné project, co-authoring all nine volumes with Richard Ormond. She was co-curator of multiple John Singer Sargent exhibitions and co-wrote John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes 1874-1882.

Date and time

Thursday 21 March, 7.30pm prompt (arrive from 7pm for drinks - a glass of wine is included in your ticket price).


The cost of tickets for this exciting event are £10 each and can be booked online. Early booking is recommended as we expect this to be a sell out!

As with any of our artist talks or art history lectures, any profits from this event will go towards the running of the art centre. So please come along and support us.

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Later Event: 29 March
Friday Art Group (drop-in)