Imagine Monet the Immersive Exhibition in Image Totale © enhances the work of French painter Claude Monet, considered the father of Impressionism and the first immersive painter ever.
This is the third project created by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron in collaboration with art historian Androula Michael. After the success of Imagine Van Gogh and Imagine Picasso, this new exhibition is their latest achievement.
Dates and opening hours
June 8th to September 2nd 2022
Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 6pm (Last entry at 5pm)
Friday to Sunday: 10am to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
Edmonton Expo Centre
7515, 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 0J2
- Adult (13 ayo and older): Tues-Thur, 43$ / Fri-Sun 53$
- Child(5-12 yo): Tues-Thur 37$ / Fri-Sun 47$
- Privilege: 65$
Admission at any time of the day selected during the opening hours. No readmission.
- Group tickets: Discount for groups of 12 people and more.
Tues-Thur 37$ / Fri-Sun 47$
- **Child (4yo and younger): Free
**Children 4 and under are admitted for free, but due to capacity restrictions will still require a ticket. Please make sure you add this to your order if a child 4 and under is accompanying you. Please note, there are a limited number of Child 4 and under (5 tickets available per time slot)
Monet, the father of Impressionism
Claude Monet is considered to be the leading artist of Impressionism, a movement that was called after his now famous painting Impression Soleil Levant (1872).
It started during the very first exhibition of the ” Société anonyme coopérative des artistes peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs et lithographes “, held in 1874, around Boudin, Cézanne, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley. The exhibition opened on the sidelines of the Official Salon sought to oppose the Beaux-Arts system which rejected them.
“I sent a landscape made in Le Havre, from my window, the sun in the mist with a few ship masts pointing in the foreground… I was asked for a title for the catalog, it really could not pass for a view of Le Havre. I answered; “Put Impression”. It became Impressionism and the jokes flourished”.
The art columnist of the satirical newspaper Le Charivari, Louis Leroy, borrowed the word used in the title of Monet’s work in his article to relate “The Impressionists’ Exhibition” (April 25, 1874).
The term “impressionism” was claimed by these young artists who were looking for a way beyond the aesthetic concepts that predominated in academism, like the subordination of color over the line or academic subjects of the genre: still life, historic painting, genre scenes. They painted in the open air in natural light, brightened their palette, juxtaposed touches that reproduce the motif when viewed from a distance. These artists celebrated nature for itself – not as a backdrop for their paintings, but also their immediate surroundings of modern life, cities and train stations.
Admirers of Delacroix, who often used pure colors on his canvases, the Impressionists rarely mix colors using primaries and their complements. They abandon the dark tones of academic painting, brighten their palette to paint the effects of light on the landscape and desire to capture the colors that change according to the hours of the day and the seasons.
The Impressionists, and Monet in particular, renewed the pictorial genre of the landscape which was considered by academic painting as a minor genre. The figure is not necessary to give importance to the landscape, which becomes a subject in its own right, which can now be observed in its uniqueness.
With his unique artistic approach, Monet is the father of Impressionism, the pioneer of Abstraction and one of the most famous, beloved and admired painters of all time.