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Impressionists open a window to France's Normandy

Updated: 2021-08-17 11:02 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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When Debussy’s Arabesque echoed in a long corridor of the art gallery at the China Millennium Monument, the 2021 Croisements Festival saw its last exhibition.

Saint Valery of Caux, Adolphe Felix Cals.[Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]

Oil paintings of France's Normandy region have gone on show in the monument, featuring works from a number of impressionists, including two pieces by Claude Monet.

One is his self-portrait, to which the curators have added a bunch of red roses to cover the beard, while inviting visitors to select a rose and take a selfie with the artist on the canvas.

Monet’s self-portrait at the exhibition at the China Millennium Monument, Beijing, Aug 15, 2021. [Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]

The selection of paintings on display record the very beauty of changing colors of the sky, water and clouds in Normandy.

Since impressionists are skilled at capturing transient beauty, the showpieces offer a stunning blend of colors, light and shadows.

Also on show are a smaller collection of works painted in a Fauvist style, to offer a different perspective on Normandy.

The exhibition will run through Oct 15.

Boat in Etretat, by Eugene Boudin.[Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
Cliffs near Trouville, by Jean-Baptisete Corot.[Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
Cowherd by the Pond, by Jean-Baptisete Corot.[Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
Milking in Normandy, by Eugene Boudin.[Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
Port and River of Yport, by Karl Daubigny. [Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
The Port of Deauville, by Eugene Boudin. [Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]
The Port of Fecamp, by Berthe Morisot. [Photo by Li Hongrui/chinadaily.com.cn]  
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