So, a big benefit to living in Europe?
We’re studying Impressionist art…
Let’s just go see some!
We drove up to Frankfurt to the Städel Museum. It’s only about an hour away.
Along with some lovely Iconic art and some weird contemporary stuff, there was a lovely Impressionist gallery with Degas, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and some others.
We have been reading about how the Impressionists mimicked the new invention of photography – and the perspective in this Degas shows that style, with the viewpoint from the orchestra and cutting off some of the other ballerinas in this picture:
Here, I taught the girls about the perspective and showed them how Degas made this look like a snapshot, focusing on the foreground of the orchestra and making it look like the artist is in the orchestra pit, looking up at the ballerinas, who are too ethereal to be on ground-level, and are therefore on a grand stage.
We admired the brushstrokes and color of landscapes:
Fascinating white landscapes that were quite lovely and looked like photographs with amazing details:
A fun scene of two couples playing croquet. I love the blending of blues and greens contrasted with the light clothing. And the one lady in blue. Tori loved her.
A pretty Monet and we noticed the open windows of the house don’t reflect in the water. The sky is quite lovely and there are a couple figures in the distance by the trees.
We had studied Renoir pretty extensively and were ecstatic to find these. Did you know he was trained as a porcelain painter? Look at the china cups and carafes. Such skill!
Of course, we got yelled at and followed around by one of the guards. Apparently they have video cameras everywhere and he said we touched and he showed us we had to stay back at least an arm’s length. We certainly didn’t touch anything. We were pointing things out to the kids, you know, educating, and Tori pointed to a blank square in one of the altarpieces to ask why it was missing. The guard made me want to eat a sleeve of Saltines, but I didn’t want us to get thrown out.
Another guard was super sweet and she wanted to make sure we knew there was an outdoor exhibit and she got an English speaker to explain to us how to get there. The kids had a blast at the Städel.
- We’ve also viewed art at the D’Orsay, Louvre, Netherlands, Dayton, and more
- Impressionism Guide from Khan Academy
- How We Do Art
- Guide from The National Gallery
- Impressionism Lesson Plan from Art Class Curator
- Monet Projects for Kids
- Make a Monet