Though it's now an art staple, impressionism hasn't always been so popular. At its inception in France during the latter 1800s, its practitioners turned well-established "art rules" upside down by utilizing visible brushstrokes, vivid color and nonrealistic depictions in their work. Artists such as Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Cassatt, Leroux and Gauguin created bold works that both delighted and shocked their audiences.
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Paintings, drawings, etchings and lithographs from these greats and more will be featured in the exhibit and sale "Renoir to Lautrec: Impressionism to La Belle Époque" at Off the Wall Gallery. And talk about pressure with the family business Alexandre Renoir, the great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste and an artist himself, will make a special appearance. He'll be displaying his own work as well as discussing his famous ancestor. Just remember to be polite you don't want to make a bad impression, after all. (Sorry about that, folks.)Opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Exhibit/sale continues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21.
May 19-20, 6-9 p.m.; Sun., May 21, 1-3 p.m.