"Impressionist masters from the French painting collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts is on view at CaixaForum in Barcelona. To begin with, it reconstructs the path that led to Impressionism, when a group of painters –Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet, Constant Troyon and Théodore Rousseau— decided to move to the wood of Barbizon, close to Fontainebleau, in order to be able to paint in the open air. Traditionally, the landscape had been the backcloth of mythological or religious scenes. The artists from the Barbizon school moved it into the foreground and established an intimate relationship, as if they wanted to merge it with nature.
The Impressionists quickly followed their steps. The early compositions by Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte or Alfred Sisley aspire to retain the impression of a moment during the day, magnificently and sumptuously, through the effects of light and colour."
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