Caldwell Theatre presents The Impressionists

From May 18th through May 21st, 2006Multiple award-winning South Florida playwright, Michael McKeever, has written a dramatic masterpiece entitled The Impressionists, which takes the audience inside the lives of those artists who founded the Movement. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-create this historical time through paintings by the creative geniuses of Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir, sharing behind the scenes secrets of their salon. The play features performances by Eric Martin Brown, Tim Burke, Michael Corry, Terrell Hardcastle, Deanna Henson, Kathryn Johnston, George Kapetan and Bruce Linser. The Impressionist Movement began as a Paris-based salon comprised of artists who exhibited their art beginning in the 1860’s. Its name stems from Claude Monet’s painting, “Impression, Sunrise” that was reviewed by critic Louis Leroy on April 25, 1874 in the satirical newspaper Le Charivari. In his article, “The Exhibition of the Impressionists,” Leroy imagined a dialogue between two viewers of the painting in order to denigrate Monet’s work. “Impression I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it …,” and Leroy unexpectedly found himself as the originator of the term, which the artists themselves later adopted to define themselves. Fighting the system and at times each other, a few stout individuals broke all the rules and changed forever how modern man would look at art. From the rigid conformity of the Paris Salon to the exhilaration and freedom of their first independent show, these artists’ story is one filled with human drama. Great loss and remarkable triumph all play a part in the birth of what would become known as Impressionism. For more information, please call: 561. 241.7432

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