Painting the impossible
A surprising exhibition, with more than 60 paintings by Hodler, Monet and Munch at the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny.
The Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), the French painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) and the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are brought together as they have something in common: they all explored the limits of painting.
The three of them have tried to paint subjects that seemed to be impossible: the colourful and changing phenomenon of nature such as the movement of water, the subtleties of snow, the dazzling light of the sun viewed directly, the heights of the mountains.
Three men of a new world, three artists passionate about finding a new way of painting, willing to fix on the canvas their subjective impressions of nature.
“I have taken up things impossible to do: water with grass that undulates in the dephts, it is admirable to see, but it is enough to drive one mad to wish to do it“.