Intimate Impressionism Exhibit – Wow!

Intimate Impressionism Legion of Honor @harmonyfinearts

The big day finally came and we set off for San Francisco to experience the Intimate Impressionism exhibit at the Legion of Honor. Not only was the weather perfect for a visit to San Francisco, but we were joined by my sister, my niece, and my grand-niece which made the day even more special. Sharing the paintings and hearing how everyone felt about each one was so very interesting.

It was also exciting that this whole exhibit is on loan from the National Gallery of Art, a place I would dearly love to visit in person someday. For now, getting to glimpse all of these paintings in San Francisco was a treat!

The exhibition will be at the Legion of Honor until August 3, 2014 so you have plenty of time to plan a trip if you are anywhere near the area over the next few months.

Colorful Impressionism

We seemed to be drawn to colorful paintings that told a story.

Impressionist sky

The sky was featured in so many different ways throughout the exhibit…each of use had a “favorite” sky. This painting is now my desktop background (found it on Wikipaintings).

Van Gogh

We all really appreciated the colors in the Van Gogh (Bulb Fields) featured in the exhibit. It is a painting you could easily stand and look at for a few minutes.

All too fast we made it through the whole exhibition, feeling refreshed and eager to share all our favorites.

We had a much needed break and snack in the cafe and then we were off to explore more of the museum.

Monet at Legion of Honor

My sister and I paused in front of the big Monet, taking in the beauty of the painting. It is an old favorite of mine that lives at the Legion of Honor.

Legion of Honor

My daughter snapped a few images of her favorite paintings from the day. This one is amazingly beautiful in real life…the color, the textures, the pose, the background. The green is a shade that is so restful…

April 2014 San Francisco Impressionism (13)

I really liked this Henri Matisse that had so much life even though it is just a cup and saucer.

Visiting this collection of artwork was amazing…I recognized all of the artists that we prepared in the Intimate Impressionism series here on this blog. There is something special about seeing a painting up close, seeing the brushstrokes, taking in the colors and feel of the painting.

Amazing? Incredible? Magical?

Yes, and even more so. I wish you all could have been along with us.



Intimate Impressionism from @harmonyfineartsIf you are interested in studying a bit more about the artists included in this exhibit, you can follow my series below which includes links, resources, and free printable notebook pages.

Here is the schedule of artists planned in this series:

Week 1: Edgar Degas

Week 2: Claude Monet

Week 3: Paul Gauguin

Week 4: Pierre August Renoir

Week 5: Berthe Morisot

Week 6: Camille Pissarro

Week 7: Alfred Sisley

Week 8: Paul Cezanne

Week 9: Edouard Manet

Week 10: Edouard Vuillard


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