PAINTING LIGHT:
THE HIDDEN TECHNIQUES OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS
29.2.—22.6.2008

Which Impressionist painted on the lids of cigar boxes? How fast did Van Gogh really work? What secret was revealed by an X-ray of a Renoir? How can a fake be spotted? This presentation answers these and many other absorbing questions. With over 130 works, the show takes the visitor through the captivating world of Impressionist painting techniques. Apart from masterworks by Caillebotte, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac and Van Gogh, the exhibition features modern images showing the technical findings on these paintings.
By bringing art and research face-to-face, the visitor is given an un­paralleled glimpse behind the scenes of Impressionism. And the Wallraf will be stocking up for this show, with first class loans coming from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

EXHIBITION
INTERACTION
Claude Monet, “Haystack, White Frost Effect”, 1891, oil on canvas, 65 x 92 cm,
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh