Exclusive Impressionist exhibition at Musée Marmottan Monet
20 May 2014
An exciting opportunity to view Impressionist works previously unseen by the public
In celebration of its 80th birthday, the Musée Marmottan Monet is showing an impressive Impressionist exhibition, which has been sourced solely from private collectors. The 100 piece exhibit includes 80 paintings and 20 graphic works, with the addition of 2 spectacular sculptures; 'Little Dancer of 14 years' by Degas and 'The Thinker in terracota' by Rodin. The majority of works have never been seen by the public before, ensuring this exclusive exhibition is not one to be missed.
Loaned by 50 private collectors worldwide and described as a selection worthy of the greatest museums, the 100 masterpieces include Boudin to Bazille and Renoir to Rodin. Spanning from the start of the movement into 1874 and onwards through the 1880s and 1890s it shows its journey in chronological order, with each artist represented with around a dozen pieces.
Examples include those inspired by nature, from Cézanne's 'Géraniums et Pieds d'alouette dans un petit vase de Delft', painted around 1873, which used brush marks and clashing colours to depict clusters of geraniums and delphiniums to Monet's atmospheric 'Bras de la Seine près de Vétheuil', with foliage rippling in reflections from around 1878. While paying homage to our city, 'Rue Halévy, vue du sixième étage' by Caillebotte shows the grand view over a busying urban landscape in greys and creams during 1878 in comparison to the simplicity of Pissarro's 'Chaumières à Auvers-sur-Oise' in 1873; a relatively quiet but more colourful depiction of life in the commune, north of the city.
The museum has chosen to mark its milestone by only exhibiting pieces from private collections in tribute to its rich history of receiving many of its masterpieces through donations from collectors and descendants of the artists themselves. Throughout its 80 years, the Musée Marmottan Monet has built up the largest collection of paintings by Monet, with the artist's youngest son, Michel, providing many works by his father and father's friends, aswell as letters, photographs and sketchbooks of palettes, adding a more personal touch. The museum also offers a variety of displays including prestigious illuminated manuscripts, the grand arts of the First Empire and a vast array of art from the Impressionist movement, including the largest collection of works in a museum by Berthe Morisot, who was regarded by art critic Gustave Geffroy as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism. Adding the celebratory exhibition into the mix, which is on show now until the 6th of July, the Musée Marmottan Monet is sure to inspire and ignite the artist in everyone.
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