IMMENSELY IMPRESSIVE IMPRESSIONISM EXHIBITION RUNS AT NATIONAL GALLERY UNTIL OCTOBER 13

By Sarah Sunday

Making your way to the Hungarian National Gallery provides the opportunity to pass over the ornate Chain Bridge and to hike up the verdant trails to the imposing BudaCastle complex, of which the stunning Hungarian National Gallery is part. The outer courtyard of this magnificent building offers an incredible view over the Danube and the Pest side, but it is the objects on the interior that are something to be adored.

Until October 13, the Hungarian National Gallery will be hosting an Impressionism Exhibition, which I had the opportunity to view last month, and I’d definitely recommend going to see it while there is still time.

The exhibition is a mixture of three different art collections from Israel and two different parts of Hungary, all combined to make one larger display. It features artists such as Monet, Szinyei Merse, Gauguin and Rippl-Rónai, as well as some more modern artists. Monet is known as one of the original, pure Impressionist artists and it’s an amazing opportunity to view some of his work.

The Impressionism movement originated in Paris in the 19th century. The artists would use short, quick brush strokes to give the canvas a rough, uneven look which juxtaposed the light and color in the pictures. Not unexpectedly, this new style was met with criticism and opposition, being so different from the conventional art styles of the time. Realism had been the prominent painting theme, which was mostly the use of dark, gloomy colors and painting only accurately. Impressionism was so different because of the use of bright, vibrant colors and alternative way the landscapes that were portrayed. The artists delighted in the beauty of sunlight against natural scenes, such as water, mountains, fields and skies.  Needless to say, Impressionism gained the public’s approval and it quickly became widely popular and accepted.

Walking through the exhibit last month, I was fascinated by the paintings that were on display. Actually seeing the paintings first hand, and being able to make out the detail of every brush stroke was very impressive. Impressionism is a beautiful technique, and the works of art being displayed at the moment at the exhibition are absolutely worth seeing.