From Paris to Philly: PIFA Honors Pioneers of Art at Its Upcoming Gallery Night

During the years 1910-1920, the Parisian art scene exploded. This eruption of creativity began with the previous generation of artists who took the first step in reinventing traditional artistic thought through the Impressionist movement; leading the way to a collaborative renaissance that eventually spread globally.

Initially, the renaissance was sparked by a drastic change in European society due to heightened political unrest. Normal social order was challenged, coaxing artists to create unconventional works, which were reflective of the instability of that time.

As artists from around the world began to flock to Paris to be a part of the movement, a healthy balance of friendship and competition flourished. This new society of innovators began to mold the perfect environment for a thriving art scene, as they focused on creating modern, avant-garde pieces. People of all races were accepted into the artist community, which opened the door for people like African-American Henry O. Tanner and Japanese migrant Tsuguharu Fujita. These artists, along with other migrant and French artists, contributed greatly to the movement, participating in the transformation of every known genre of artistic expression, while creating new ones through a mix of cultural-specific techniques.

In honor of these pioneers, and the pioneers of Philly’s thriving art scene, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will host a “Gallery Night” on April 15, 2011 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. welcoming visitors to peruse Philly’s finest exhibits, free of charge. Light fare will be provided by the galleries and special exhibits will be on display. For more information on the Gallery Night please visit:



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