Impressionist advances in technique (light grounds overlaid with dabs of distinct color) and a taste for “modern” subjects (including new forms of popular entertainment) were new and shocking when first exhibited in Paris in 1874. The influence of this French school would be strongly felt by painters, especially in Paris, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The term Post-Impressionist was coined in 1910 to characterize this legacy.

From Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot, this exhibition, which is primarily based on The San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection, features works tracing the development of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Read the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism full exhibition label text in English and Spanish.


Featured at top right: Edgar Degas (AKA Hilaire Germain Edgar De Gas), The Ballerina (detail), ca. 1876. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund, 1976.111.