The Impressionists on Paper

Paul Signac , Île de la Cité (The Pont-Neuf, Paris), 1910. Watercolour over black chalk on laid paper. 29 x 43.6 cm. National Gallery of Canada, 15126. Photo: NGC


This summer see outstanding watercolours, pastels, drawings, and engravings by key impressionist artists, including Cassat, Cézanne, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. Who were these influential artists? The impressionists discovered that they could capture the momentary effects of sunlight by working quickly in the open air (en plein air) rather than inside a studio. Brushwork became rapid and broken, changing the art world forever. Not only did they work outside, but they were also outsiders in society. The Impressionists were united in their opposition to the establishment, Paris’ annual state-run juried Salon exhibition.

Drawing from the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) eminent collection of Impressionist art, The Impressionists on Paper brings to Winnipeg over 20 artworks: watercolours, pastels, drawings, and prints. The show spans three decades, beginning in the 1870s, the decade of the first Impressionist exhibitions in Paris. See landscapes, portraits, and everyday scenes by these revolutionary artists, offering a glimpse into one of the most exhilarating moments in the history of art.

The Impressionists on Paper is presented alongside French Moderns, a second exhibition on view this summer at the WAG. For more and to purchase tickets in advance, visit

Curated by Dr. Stephen Borys with the generous collaboration of the National Gallery of Canada 

Organisée par le commissaire Stephen Borys, avec la généreuse collaboration du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada


Mary Cassatt , The Letter, 1890-1891. Drypoint and aquatint in colour on laid paper. 40.4 x 27.6 cm; plate: 34.7 x 22.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1139. Photo: NGC

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