A Taste for Impressionism At National Galleries Scotland

The remarkable story of how Scotland became home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art is explored in this film to accompany The National Galleries’ big summer 2022 exhibition, A Taste for Impressionism | Modern French Art from Millet to Matisse.

While I was unable to see this exhibition in person, I did attend virtually and invite you to enjoy this short video with me today.

This film and the exhibition shares fascinating stories about how visionary Scottish collectors invested in, what were then, innovative and radical artworks, and reveal how they found their way into Scotland’s national collection. The discussion included thoughts on the rising prices of these artworks, and the new market for forgeries this sparked.

Orchard in Blossom (Apricot Trees) by Vincent van Gogh Creative Commons CC by NC

During his first spring in Arles, south of France, Van Gogh painted at least ten pictures of these blossoming trees. He was fascinated by the contrast of the pinkish-white blooms against the blue sky and complained when bad weather stopped him from working in the orchards. One of these paintings was shown in the 1910 Post-Impressionist exhibition in London. While the British press were highly critical of this display, Van Gogh’s expressive brushstrokes, colours and ‘romantic temperament’ received rare praise. National Galleries Scotland

The Beach at Trouville by Louis-Eugene Boudin National Galleries Scotland

Sea-bathing became fashionable in France in the second half of the nineteenth century and Boudin began painting scenes of holidaymakers on the beach at Trouville and Deauville as early as 1862. These works were so popular that he soon developed a smaller format and sketchy technique, painting rapidly in the open air. In this work holidaymakers (mostly women) sit and chat in small groups, stroll up and down the beach or observe the boats in the bay. National Galleries Scotland

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

18 thoughts on “A Taste for Impressionism At National Galleries Scotland

      1. Ahh, the pipes! I love the pipes. They haunt with the songs of time. They tease with the tunes of love. They inspire with the marches of heroes!

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      2. Ah! It’s from my Irish father.
        He could say truths beautifully, had a velvet tongue.
        Unfortunately he wasn’t able to tell the truth. lol & hugs

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    1. Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood was an English fashion designer and business women who was instrumental in bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. She wrote: “You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”

      This quote is the essence of why I blog. There are so many wonderful stories that happened in history and are happening today.

      Thank you for joining me in Edinburgh!!!

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    1. I am delighted that you enjoyed this post and video, Becky. I share you love this type of art. I find that the National Galleries Scotland has great videos that bring out the backstory on art, artists, collectors, and investors. I continue to learn.

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      1. I am thrilled how art galleries and museums have become virtual so more can walk through their doors from afar. I would have loved to visit this exhibition, but I was able to see through the lens of a video.

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    1. Thank you Dave for your insightful comments. I agree – these industrialists embraced an emerging art form when others remained more traditional. They were certainly forward thinking and had the resources to support artistic endeavours. We are reaping the benefits today. Many thanks for stopping by!

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