‘Impressionists on the Water’ review

On my way to see “Impressionists on the Water,” which opens Saturday at the Legion of Honor, I began to wonder about Impressionism fatigue. Might this be the exhibition that finally demagnetizes the most popularly attractive tendency in modern painting?

Not a chance.

This pleasing survey of marine motifs in late 19th century French art will stoke anticipation of this summer’s America’s Cup races on San Francisco Bay. But even for those who care little about the biggest regatta on Earth, the exhibition will clarify something implicit in most shows of Impressionist painting: that spangling, wind-ruffled water is the primal Impressionist subject.

Incidentally, the America’s Cup – the thing itself – will be on view at the Legion as an adjunct to the exhibition on Sunday only.

That might seem just too gimmicky did not the exhibition contain an actual cruising gig believed to have belonged to Emile Zola and models of boats

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Impressionists-on-the-Water-review-4567327.php

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