Featuring masterworks by Monet, Van Gogh, Winslow Homer, and many more, Norfolk, Virginia’s Chrysler Museum of Art recently opened a major exhibition dedicated to some of the biggest champions of plein air and agrarian idealism.
Including many of the biggest names in the history of art, “The Agrarian Ideal” at Norfolk, Virigina’s Chrysler Museum of Art is a gorgeous celebration of the 19th century’s fascination with rural labor and countryside landscapes. Featuring works by Monet, Van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, and many others, the exhibition is sure to delight even the most casual of art lovers.
Via the museum, “The works include paintings on agricultural themes, sculptures, detailed drawings, early photographs and Impressionist masterworks known for their evocation of light. On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond is a breathtaking painting by Vincent Van Gogh from 1889. Titled ‘Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Remy,’ the painting is a thrilling addition to an already blockbuster exhibition.”
Continuing, the museum writes, “While the Impressionists are famous for scenes of Paris, in the 1890s many of them departed the city for the country. As Paris had become dangerous, crowded, industrial, and expensive, many of the city’s best artists left to seek simpler subjects and an integrated life untouched by the ills of modernity.”
“The Agrarian Ideal: Monet, van Gogh, Homer, and More” opened on October 7 and remains on view through January 8, 2017. To learn more, visit the Chrysler Museum of Art.
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