Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday September 22, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Cross-Pollinating Media

 

continued

"They were looking at each other's work," McNamara says, and cherry-picking from the other's advantages--photography's informality and painting's editing capabilities, for example. Painters fiercely carried that informality banner into Impressionism. Manet's On the Beach, for instance, depicts a bather posed almost like an Odalisque on the sand. It could hardly be less formal or more scandalous to the Parisian art sensibility. Photographers, who couldn't edit unwanted things out of the photos, did paint on their negatives or put two together, sometimes not even from the same location.

Back then, no one knew how these sometimes competing, sometimes cooperative influences would pan out, much as we don't know what results will emerge from today's media. But thanks to the scholarship and a decade of dogged work by McNamara and many others at UMMA, wheedling rare works from the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, and museums all over the United States, we've got a focal point trained on the nascence of Impressionism.

Truthfully? The lure of Impressionists is why I came. Three Monets? Including The Sea at Le Havre, over which I drooled? They didn't disappoint. But I stayed for the scholarship--the narrative, the extras. See the exhibit, which continues through January 3, on a guided tour if you can--there are several this month, beginning November 4--just for the stories.    (end of article)

[Originally published in November, 2009.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

The Shur Mural Project
I Spy: August 2017
Sally Bjork
Computer Transition
As Affordable Computers closes, A2 Computers adds sales.
Sabine Bickford
Photo: Gladys and Tabi
A2 Jazz Fest
Digging in
arwulf arwulf
Feeding the Vegan Horde
The Lunch Room spins off a Filling Station.
Sabine Bickford
Fellowship And Service in Chelsea
River Hop
Neighborly fun
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Coffee Makes Way for Wellness
Espresso Royale leaves a changed Main St.
Catherine Zudak
Clonlara Turns Fifty
"We didn't have two dimes," recalls Pat Montgomery.
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map