Since 12 February 2022, the Museum Barberini in Potsdam has been showing the exhibition “A New Art. Photography and Impressionism” with works from the beginnings of photography. In juxtaposition with works of Impressionism, the exhibition illustrates the artistic view and aspirations of the then new medium of art. With over 150 works, it examines photography around 1900 on its way to becoming an autonomous art form and illuminates its complex relationship to Impressionist painting.
n the 19th century, numerous photographers chose the same motifs as the Impressionist painters: the forest of Fontainebleau, the cliffs of Étretat or the modern metropolis of Paris. They too studied the changing light situations, the seasons and weather conditions. From the beginning, photography pursued an artistic ambition by experimenting with composition and perspective as well as with the help of different techniques. Their relationship with painting was characterised by ..
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Image caption: Antonin Personnaz, Armand Guillaumin beim Malen von „Badende bei Crozant“, um 1907, Autochrome (als Faksimile präsentiert), 9 x 12 cm, Société française de photographie, Paris © Société française de photographie, Paris.