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Impressionist masterpieces come to Edinburgh

Issue No. 2110

A Cafe: Absinthe by Edgar Degas

A Cafe: Absinthe by Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas’s 1873 painting In A Cafe: Absinthe is just one of over 100 impressionist masterpieces on show from this Saturday at the National Gallery Complex in Edinburgh.

Degas’s painting caused outrage when it first appeared in Britain because of its profane subject matter – a prostitute drinking in a Paris cafe.

The Impressionists rejected the 19th century fashion for depicting of mythological or biblical scenes. Instead they developed revolutionary painting techniques to capture the reality of the world around them, which was being transformed by the rise of industry and capitalism

The Impressionism & Scotland exhibition includes works by almost all the major artists involved in the movement, including Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse.

It also traces the influence of the French artists on painters in Scotland, including the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists.

Impressionism & Scotland runs until 12 October at the National Gallery Complex in Edinburgh. For details go to »

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Wed 16 Jul 2008, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2110
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