A trio of 19th-century couples, costumed from casually to formally, dances across a wall.
Willowy trees march through the seasons in rows, a periwinkle-blue sky spreading out behind them.
White light flickers and glows from winsome, wide-eyed faces, and from jewelry, water, flower petals and bridge stanchions.
These scenes, these objects, these people frozen in time 150 years ago are brought back to glorious life in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s impressive “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” exhibit.
Dozens of works by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Alfred Sisley and others