National Gallery

Impressionism investigated in National Gallery's final "Art in the Making" exhibition

Artists’ techniques revealed through science


The National Gallery’s award winning series “Art in the Making”, which explores the techniques employed by different artists over the centuries, comes to an end with a close look at the Impressionists.

Under scientific scrutiny until 21 April 1991 are fifteen paintings including Renoir’s “Umbrellas” and Monet’s “Gare St Lazare”. Clever detective work shows that Renoir revised his compositions in both “Umbrellas” and “At the Theatre”, the former having been worked on in at least two separate sessions some years apart. It is also revealed that the sombre tones in “Gare St Lazare” were actually achieved through the mixing of the bright new colours available at the time.

A catalogue, written by John Leighton, curator of nineteenth- century painting, and scientists Ashok Roy and Jo Kirby accompanies the exhibition.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Impressionism investigated'