Down the Seine with the Impressionists – A Journey Through the Collection
Obenmarspforten 40, 50667 Köln, Germany

Caillebotte’s colourful rowing boats are moored ready to embark on a trip down the Seine. Once we have climbed into the boats and cast off in the mild summer light, we pass by a landscape of meadows by ­Renoir and see heavy barges by Signac and Monet ploughing their way upstream. A short while later, we glide past a picturesque little country town by Morisot, before drifting through Luce’s and Hayet’s elegant ­Paris. In this summer no one will need to travel to France in order to undertake this lovely excursion: all that’s required is a ticket to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. To mark the ninetieth birthday of the Fondation’s creator, Gérard J. Corboud (18 May 1925), a section of the Cologne museum is transforming part of its permanent collection into an art historical river landscape. Visitors will be borne along on a pictorial current in Down the Seine with the Impressionists: A Journey through the Collection.

The unusual trip will take viewers past 39 Impressionist masterworks, acquainting them with the various ways in which the painters saw the Seine and their environs. From the mid-nineteenth century many artists grasped the opportunity afforded by the invention of tube paints to leave their studios and work outdoors with their colours, palettes and canvases, choosing and painting their subjects on the spot. The colourful journey through the ­Wallraf begins on 19 May 2015 and lasts until 27 September.

The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum has always collected nineteenth-century pictures. The foundations of a small, but first-class and wide-ranging collection of French painting were laid in the early years of the twentieth century and expanded later, notably in the 1960s. The ‘loan in perpetuity’ of more than 170 works from the Fondation Corboud in 2001 represented an outstanding addition to its Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist holdings and is now considered as one of the largest in Germany .

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1. Gustave Caillebotte, Boote und Schuppen am Ufer der Seine, 1891, Öl auf Leinwand, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Foto- RBA Köln

2. Berthe Morisot, Boote auf der Seine, 1879/80, Öl auf Leinwand, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Foto- RBA Köln

3. Louis Hayet, Paris, der Eiffelturm, ca. 1890, Öl auf Karton, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Foto- RBA Köln

4. Claude Monet, Frühlingsstimmung, oberhalb von Vétheuil, 1880, Öl auf Leinwand, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Foto- RBA Köln


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