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Art exhibition

The exhibit ‘ In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet at the National Gallery of Art gave me the feeling of being transported to Fontainebleau back in the 19th century. The paintings and photographs together with 19th century tourist maps, brochures and souvenirs complete the ambience of representing Fontainebleau in the 19th century.
Upon entry, viewers are welcomed by Monet’s 1865 ‘ Bazille and Camille’ which shows a man and a woman in a white dress walking in the forest. Moving ahead, paintings were placed from small to large paintings alternating with photographs of the scenery similar to those of the paintings. Works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Théodore Rousseau, Gustave Le Gray, and Eugène Cuvelier and other artists were placed purposefully providing a view of the scenery at Fontainebleau. The artworks were interestingly supported by the brochures, maps and souvenirs for tourists during the 19th century to give the viewers a realistic tour of Fontainebleau.
I appreciated the exhibit very much because the presentation was visibly carefully planned and well researched by the organizers. The paintings complemented by the photographs in the exhibit comprehensively showed viewers the famous scenery of Fontainebleau. The pieces were accurately selected to perfectly complement each other relating the historical significance of Fontainebleau to the Impressionist movement; an example of such complementary work is Claude Monet’s ‘ The Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau Forest’ and Eugène Cuvelier’s ‘ Beech Tree near the Bodmer Oak’ which both depicts similar scenery at Fontainebleau.
‘ In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet entertainingly educate viewers of the significance of Fontainebleau for the painters and photographers during the 19th century. From the exhibit, I was familiarized with the indispensable relationship between painting and photography and their necessity in recounting the history of important events and places. Furthermore, the exhibit visually narrates the progress in the art of Impressionists by displaying works ranging from the early works to the later works of various Impressionist artists.
The exhibit’s theme and its purpose of bringing viewers in the forest of Fontainebleau was achieved because the exhibit can be compared to a tour in the forest of Fontainebleau with breathtaking sceneries skillfully captured by the artists in their canvasses and by their cameras. The purpose of the theme was also achieved by cleverly including 19th century maps, brochures and souvenirs for tourists greatly contributing to the feel of touring the Fontainebleau forest during the 19th century. The exhibit also imparts the importance of Fontainebleau to the Impressionist artists while spotlighting the beauty and splendor of the place which attracted the artists and tourists alike.
‘ In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet’ is recommended to be visited because it is an entertaining way to learn not only about 19th century artists but an enjoyable way to learn about historical places and events as well. It would definitely give the viewers of the exhibit an educational and a visually delightful walk through the forest of Fontainebleau.

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