Burrell’s Masters of Impressionism united at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow

At the peak of his collecting during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, William Burrell would buy dozens of artworks from around the world each month.

But his discerning eye allied quality with quantity: a magpie when it came to spotting underrated, often underpriced artists, the shipping merchant would have been as wise a curator as he was a collector.

“He was someone who was buying paintings from the 1890s right to the end of his life in the 1950s, when he was 90-odd years old,” says Vivian Hamilton, who has assembled this energetic redisplay of works ranging from the ballet dancers and racecourses of Degas – whose paintings the Burrell holds a stack of sterling examples of – to Cézanne‎, Manet and Gauguin.

The latter was one of several artists ultimately left unimpressed with Impressionism, although the Normandy coast he portrayed, with its wet greyness and horizon dotted by boats, would

Article source: http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/painting%20%26%20drawing/art442717

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