In 2018, the National Gallery of Canada’s summer exhibition, Impressionist Treasures featured impressionist masterpieces from the renowned Ordrupgaard Museum and its exquisite collection of 19th-century French paintings by the era’s most celebrated artists. In one compelling exhibition, the luminous landscapes of Corot, Monet, Sisley and Pissarro, the naturalist scenes of Courbet, the still-lives of Manet and Matisse, the intimate portraits of Renoir and Morisot, and the imaginative canvasses of Gauguin all vied.
The design research revealed that the Neo-Classicist painter, Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot had significant influence on the nascent Impressionists, even though he, himself, was not an impressionist and he died soon after they began exhibiting together. With this knowledge in mind, we chose The Bridge at Mantes by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot as a starting point and feature work in the Campaign materials. In addition, to emphasize the idea that the exhibition provided insight into an entire artistic movement, the promotional design incorporated the names of well-known impressionist painters such as Manet, Degas and Cezanne in large font type superimposed upon key imagery from Corot’s feature work, creating a memorable and high-impact design.
The campaign strategy was multi-faceted, ensuring a broad reach to diverse audiences. In all of the production and diffusion, the look and feel was consistent and resulted in pervasive branding across multiple channels, so that “Impressionist Treasures” became a familiar sight through the summer of 2018. We created a multi-channel campaign designed to appeal to a variety of audiences in novel and engaging ways. Also the Impressionist Treasures campaign visual was diffused widely and became pervasive across the region. —
Project | Honors & Awards:
2019 Communication Art | Typography Annual 9, Award of Excellence
2019 International A' Design Award | Metal Award in Graphic and Visual Communication Design
2019 International A' Design Award | Silver Award in Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design