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The exhibit — on tour while the National Gallery refurbishes the paintings’ usual setting — has been dubbed “Intimate Impressionism.” That’s a fuzzy definition, since only eight of the 21 painters are commonly listed as impressionists, and “small” doesn’t necessarily mean “intimate.”. Still, there are discoveries for all sorts of visitors to the Legion, whether well-versed in the development of French painting or not bloch 3/4 shank pointe shoes. It’s like a scholarly ramble through eight galleries, from the 1860s through the 1890s..
One gallery is devoted to Renoir, one to the development of impressionism, and another features the most distinctive of these painters, moody and modern-looking Édouard Vuillard. For a final flourish, there’s a room filled with Pierre Bonnard’s dazzling color, from his Japanese-inspired composition of flags on Bastille Day to the effusive, sun-dappled “Table Set in a Garden.” That’s the kind of appealing scene that leads a viewer to respond, “I want to be right there, right now.” For many museumgoers, that’s the essence of impressionism bloch 3/4 shank pointe shoes.
If these relatively small paintings lack the ambition — and the fame — of the artists’ larger-scale works, they still disclose mastery of color, composition and often emotion. Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Madame Henriot” (circa 1876) glows with youthful appeal; Henriette Henriot was one of Renoir’s favorite models, about 18 at the time and an aspiring actress bloch 3/4 shank pointe shoes. Renoir’s “The Vintagers” (1879) is dreamlike, almost disorienting, in its sweep of landscape..