Wednesday Work of the Week | Primary
Before Impressionism

Wed 23 Jun, 9.15am (AEST)

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Levels 1-6

Join an NGV Educator live from the NGV for a short and lively introduction to one work from French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To have your questions answered about the Wednesday Work of the Week send them in advance to [email protected]. The program recording will also be available to access for one week for booked participants.  

Before Impressionism

Many of Impressionists were inspired, influenced and guided by the work of the artists who came before them. A group of artists known as the Barbizon School, loosely named after the French village, Barbizon, where they resided during painting sojourns to the nearby Forest of Fontainebleau, paved the way for the Impressionists. They were passionate about painting landscapes and worked outdoors to record realistic scenes of nature. This week, explore the influence of the Barbizon school through two exhibition artworks: Claude Monet’s, Woodgatherers at the edge of the forest, 1863 and Théodore Rousseau’s, Edge of the woods (Plain of Barbizon near Fontainebleau), 1850–60.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the influence of the Barbizon painters on Claude Monet’s artistic practice.
  • Examine the ways in which artists express their ideas, feelings and beliefs in artworks.
  • Discuss how artworks are made and how the choice of materials can influence the meaning of artworks.

Duration: 15 mins

Cost: Free

Learn French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Virtual