The Phillips Collection’s excellent new exhibit Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, is ostensibly about how a handful of post-impressionist artists cottoned to the dawn of hand-held photography on the end of the nineteenth century. None of those artists, from Pierre Bonnard and Eduard Vuillard to lesser known’s like George Hendrik Breitner and Henri Riviere, quit their fine art calling to chase the photo muse in additional than an off-the-cuff way. There are some outstanding post-impressionist canvasses on display, but Snapshot succeeds most as a photography show, one which is in many ways more impressive than the Phillips Pictorialism survey or maybe the Museum of recent Art’s recent Cartier-Bresson retrospective. It is the thrill of discovery other than revisiting the canon.
Snapshot can even change how you consider the history of photography. After previewing the show, friend of DCist Chris Chen, aka furcafe, tweeted that it was