What does a runawaykiwi need on a hazy Sunday in London? Impressionism, thats what. My need was somewhat filled by the From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts. It started well with some stunning works by Manet and Renoir – making me wonder how I could thoughtlessly cook onions without ever trying to capture them in paint. Moving on to the pastel colour landscapes (done by pretty much every Impressionist artist ever) – pretty, but a little too insipid for my taste. Whereas the Pissarro’s just made me want to reach out and touch them, for better or worse the cross looking security guard stopped me from actioning my desire.
The exhibition lost me a little when it went from pure impressionism to the more academic. But all in all, it was a nice way to hide from the heat. Although you might be better off going to the National Gallery and getting your Van Gogh for free.
The afternoon was finished off with a selection of chocolates from Fortnum and Mason – almost as much of an art experience as the RA.
Oh and I do love me some Ballet dancing Degas.