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Time:

Monday: closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 to 19.00
Saturday: 10.00 to 21.00

(Estimated duration of the visit: 1 hour)

Place:
Temporary exhibition halls, level 0
Price:

General: €13
Reduced: €9
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It is not allowed to take pictures inside the exhibition

Following the appearance of the earliest Daguerreotypes in the late 1830s and above all after the subsequent discovery of photographic printing on paper, the relationship between photography and painting became an extremely close one. The camera’s artificial eye in the work of photographers such as Le Gray, Cuvelier, Nadar and Disderi, to mention just a few, stimulated Manet, Degas and the young Impressionists to develop a new way of looking at the world. Impressionism used the medium not just as an iconographic source but was also inspired by it technically in its scientific observation of light, its representation of an asymmetrical, truncated pictorial space and its exploration of spontaneity and visual ambiguity. In addition, the new Impressionist type of brushstroke led some photographers to become interested in the materiality of their images and to look for ways of making their photographs less precise and more pictorial in effect.

The key position that photography now occupies in the context of contemporary art has encouraged a renewed interest in art-historical studies with regard to the impact of its invention on the visual arts. The exhibition The Impressionists and Photography pursues this line of research. It offers a critical reflection on affinities and mutual influences between photography and painting while also looking at the lively debate that its emergence generated among critics and artists in France in the second half of the 19th century.

Curated by Paloma Alarcó, the exhibition is divided into nine thematic sections: The ForestFigures in the Landscape, WaterThe CountrysideMonumentsThe CityPortraitsThe Body and Archives, which together reveal the artistic concerns shared by painters and photographers. 

With the support of:

JTI

With the collaboration of:

Comunidad de Madrid

Technology partnership:

Samsung the Frame
Introductory video

With Paloma Alarcó, curator of the exhibition

The Impressionists and Photography interactive publication
The Impressionists and Photography interactive publication

If you want to know more details about this exhibition, leaf through the interactive publication

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Selection of images

The Impressionists and Photography
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Woman with a Parasol in a Garden. Mujer con sombrilla en un jardín, 1875
Work loaned for The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Bridge of the Archbishop and the Apse of Notre-Dame, c. 1880
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green), 1877-1879
The Impressionists and Photography. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza