Northwest NEWS

May 3, 1999


Impressionist paintings coming to SAM

by Deborah Stone

   "Impressionism: Paintings collected by European Museums," the largest-ever exhibition of Impressionist works in the Pacific Northwest, will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from June 12th through August 29th.

   This special exhibition will provide an overview of the Impressionist movement and offer insights into its early struggles for acceptance by European collectors and dealers. On display will be some of the world's most recognizable and beloved works including paintings by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh.

   This is the first comprehensive exhibition of late 19th to early 20th Century European masterworks to be on view in the Northwest and the first time many of these paintings have traveled to the United States.

   The show is a collaboration of SAM, the High Museum (Atlanta), and the Denver Art Museum, and SAM is the exhibition's only West Coast venue. The exhibit is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors, both locally and from all over the country, and promises to be one of the major highlights of the summer for the Puget Sound region.

   The Seattle Art Museum plans to offer lecture series, gallery talks, audio tours, a film series, and family programs in conjunction with the exhibition. In addition, various community organizations in Seattle will be presenting Impressionism-related programs during the summer, including the Seattle Children's Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Public Library, Academy of Realist Art, UW School of Art and Center for the Humanities, and the Northwest Pastel Society.

   Advance tickets to "Impressionism: Paintings Collected by European Museums" are currently on sale through Ticketmaster at 206-292-ARTS. For more information, call 206-654-3100.