Described Tour | French Moderns: Monet to Matisse

Saturday April 6, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver | Map

This event is free for VocalEye members, but registration is required as capacity is limited. Please contact Donna to register,

The fourth in this new series of monthly described tours at the Vancouver Art Gallery for visitors of all ages who are blind or partially sighted.  The gallery’s Educators have been specially trained by VocalEye in visual description techniques that complement their backgrounds in art history and material practice. Educators will provide in-depth information about historical context, artistic conventions and interpretive trends as they relate to observable aesthetic characteristics and the exhibition’s core ideas. The tour will highlight a small selection of artwork from this exhibit. Sign in at the table beside the Coat Check in the gallery lobby at 10:30 am.

VocalEye’s Sighted Guides are available to meet adults with vision loss (18 years of age and over) at the Burrard Sky Train station and accompany them to and from the Gallery. To arrange a Sighted Guide meet-up, please contact Donna at least 3 days in advance:

The Vancouver Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available on site for visitor use and may be reserved in advance by calling 604-662-4700.

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 presents sixty paintings and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European permanent and long-term loan collections. Identifying France as the artistic centre of international modernism from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, these works—which are diverse in subject matter, style and scale—were created by leading artists of the period, intended both for private collections and public display. The works in French Moderns exemplify the avant-garde movements that defined Modern art from the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries, tracing a formal and conceptual shift from depicting the pictorial to evoking the idea, from a focus on naturalism to the ascendance of abstraction.

The exhibition includes examples of the key movements of the period—Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism—and work by many celebrated artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Gabriele Münter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin.

French Moderns Tracks an Era of Change – The Georgia Straight