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Yes in your trip to Madrid you plan to take advantage to visit the Maphre Foundation impressionism exhibition, on Paseo de Recoletos 23, which is open to the public until April 22, 2010, it is convenient to take into account some details.
After the visit I made to this exhibition, where we can enjoy some of the masterpieces of the Impressionist painting from the Orsay Museum in ParisWith free admission, I will give you four basic tips.
How to avoid queues to enter the exhibition
I have to tell you that it is almost inevitable to have to queue to visit the impressionism exhibition in Madrid. The only solution to try to avoid queues is to visit the exhibition first thing in the morning, arriving at 9:30 a.m. In the other hours, it will take us between one hour and two hours to enter to see the exhibition, being much more complicated on the weekends.
Of course, late in the morning, at lunchtime, the lines are somewhat shorter. Therefore, my advice is to be patient.
Take a guided tour
The guided tours at the exhibition of impressionist painting of the Maphre Foundation only take place Tuesdays. To make a guided tour you have to wait for the general queue and, in the end, when you are about to enter, you will be added to the waiting area for guided tours.
Guided tours take place every 20 minutes, so apart from the waiting time in the queue, then, depending on when the next guided tour begins, you will have to spend less or less time.
Make the visit with an audio guide
Upon entering the exhibition hall of the Maphre Foundation, on the right you have the counter with the audio guides. I advise you to use this service (3 euros), which will allow you to understand the meaning of the exhibition and the importance of the impressionist movement in Paris at the end of the 19th century.
Impressionist painting exhibition at the Maphre Foundation in Madrid
How to tour the impressionism exhibition
Although as soon as you enter you will see that in the opposite room paintings are exhibited, if nobody tells you, you have to go to the right towards the elevator to go up to the first floor.
To properly visit the exhibition of impressionist painting until you start in the room you find yourself just out of the elevator.
You will be surprised that in the first rooms there is no impressionist paintings. This is because the exhibition also incorporates works of the academic movement, with realistic and symbolist styles, which was the preeminent in Paris when the transgressive impressionist movement emerged. Thus, you will find first works, among others, of Millet and Bouguereau.
The first encounter with Impressionists will be with Of gas, with his famous dancers, in the play «Dance class», and his paintings of the environment in the racecourse.
The next works you will see are those of the Impressionists Monet, Renoir and Sisleyhighlighting «San Lázaro Station» from Monet and "The swing" from Renoir. Later you will find works by Pissarro (" The frost") and Cezanne, and you will understand the influence of his great friendship in his artistic expression.
After going down in the elevator to the ground floor, in the rooms that are in this area again you will see works that do not belong to the famous French impressionist painters. So, you will see some pictures of the so-called hispanists, as Regnault, which are greatly influenced by the realism of the great Spanish painters like Velazquez. And you can also see one of the great works of American painting of the time, «The mother of the artist», from Whistler.
It also highlights the great realistic picture of Henry Fantin-Latour, with a group scene of the main representatives of the Impressionist movement.
And finally, in a small room, just at the end of the exhibition, you will find one of the great masterpieces of it, «The Orphan» from Manet, along with some other works of this painter.<>