Now at MFAH: Masterpieces of French Painting (1800-1920)

We've been remiss in plugging an impressive traveling exhibit now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Here's an excerpt from the museum's description:

The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800-1920

On view through May 6, 2007 at the Audrey Jones Beck Building

The Metropolitan Museum´s French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection is acknowledged as the finest outside of Europe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum and its early benefactors acquired many of the Impressionist works by the early 1900s. An array of masterpieces by the luminaries of the movement forms the centerpiece of the exhibition. Over 50 paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec show the breadth and depth of the revolutionary vision shared by the members of this group. Among the most outstanding paintings are Manet´s Boating (1874), Monet´s La Grenouillère (1869) and Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies (1899), and Degas´s The Dancing Class (probably 1871).

Highlights from the Post-Impressionist period include Cézanne´s The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L´Estaque (c. 1885), Paul Gauguin´s mystical Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary) (1891) and Vincent van Gogh´s expressive Cypresses (1889). Works by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard represent the Nabis movement, and works by Henri Matisse, including Reclining Odalisque (1926) and a selection of Pablo Picasso´s paintings on the cusp of Cubism round out the exhibition.

An illustrated catalogue published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue will be available in the MFAH Shops.

Admission and other information is available here.


Posted by Kevin Whited @ 03/05/07 10:33 AM | |

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