Impressionism on display across Rome, Milan, and Padua

150 years after the exhibition in 1874 that marked the birth of the artistic movement known as Impressionism, Italy is also preparing to celebrate the occasion in a fitting manner with a series of highly anticipated exhibitions.
Paul Cézanne, Trois baigneuses, 1874-75, Musée d’Orsay

On April 15, 2024, it will have been 150 years since the exhibition in 1874 that marked the birth of Impressionism, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris is preparing to celebrate the occasion with the exhibition "Paris 1874: Inventing Impressionism," scheduled from March 26 to July 14, 2024. At the same time, for this occasion, approximately 180 works will be exceptionally loaned from the Musée d'Orsay to 30 French museums.

In Italy, several exhibitions are approaching, bringing to the eyes of visitors a series of masterpieces created by some of the great masters of Plein Air Painting who participated in that first exhibition when a dismissive journalist coined the term "Impressionism" in commenting on a painting by Monet exhibited at the show, the famous "Impression, Sunrise."

In Rome, a precious loan from the Parisian museum will arrive starting from March 1st until May 19th, 2024, allowing visitors at Villa Medici to admire Édouard Manet's painting "Le Citron," painted in 1880, which will represent the highlight of the guided tour at Villa Medici.

Despite its modest dimensions (14 x 22 cm), the painting is one of the most powerful still lifes by the artist, who claimed his ambition to become the "St. Francis of still life." The painter isolated the fruit in yellow tones on a sober black glazed ceramic plate, highlighting its fundamental elements: the bright color, the texture of the peel, the simplicity.

Eduart Manet, Le citron

Édouard Manet, Le Citron (Il limone), 1880, olio su tela, 14 x 22 cm. 
Parigi, Musée d'Orsay. Lascito del conte Isaac de Camondo, 1911. © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

This will be just a small preview of another highly anticipated exhibition, organized almost concurrently with the Parisian exhibition, starting from March 30th and running until July 28th, 2024, at the Historical Museum of Infantry. It's the exhibition "Impressionists: Dawn of Modernity" curated by Vincenzo Sanfo in collaboration with Vittorio Sgarbi.

The exhibition project aims to document the emergence of the Impressionist revolution in Paris, investigating a time frame from 1850 to 1915, having gathered a significant number of about 200 works, to document with paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, and engravings, the activity of the artists who participated in the eight official "Impressionist" exhibitions, with particular attention to all the techniques they experimented with and used.... read the rest of the article»

The exhibition, which aims to be perhaps the largest and most comprehensive on Impressionism ever seen in Italy, in terms of the quantity of works and the number of artists present, will not only exhibit big names like Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, Pissarro, but also the "supporting actors" adhering to the Barbizon School movement, which were the inspiring seeds of the young Impressionists, such as Bracquemond, Guillaumin, Forain, Desboutin, Lepic, and others.

As a testament to the absolute level of the project, the Scientific Committee gathered for the occasion boasts top-notch names, such as: Gilles Chazal, former Director of the Musée du Petit Palais, Member of the Ecole du Louvre, Vittorio Sgarbi, Vincenzo Sanfo, curator of international exhibitions and expert in Impressionism, and Maithe Valles-Bled, former Director of the Musée de Chartres and the Musée Paul Valéry.

A few days before the Roman appointment, on March 19th, it will be Palazzo Reale in Milan to inaugurate the exhibition "Cézanne and Renoir: From the Collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Orangerie", an exhibition project that will present fifty-two masterpieces from the collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. The exhibition path will retrace the life and work of Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, masters who decisively contributed to the birth of Impressionism. It will be a journey through Renoir and Cézanne's most iconic paintings, from portraits to landscapes, still lifes, and bathers.

The exhibition is complemented by the section documenting the decisive impact and influence that the two had on the subsequent generation of artists, through the comparison between two works by Cézanne and Renoir with two paintings by Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition is curated by Cécile Girardeau, curator of the Musée d'Orsay, and Stefano Zuffi, art historian.

The opening of the exhibition "Monet: Masterpieces from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris" is scheduled for March 9th, bringing to the Centro Culturale Altinate / San Gaetano in Padua until July 21st the works that Monet carefully preserved in his home in Giverny, sourced from the Musée Marmottan.

In Padua, masterpieces such as "Portrait of Michel Monet with a Pompom Hat" (1880), "The Train in the Snow: The Locomotive" (1875), "London. The Parliament. Reflections on the Thames" (1905), as well as all the large-scale works like the ethereal "Water Lilies" (1917-1920) and the evanescent "Wisterias" (1919-1920) will be exhibited.

It's worth noting that the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris houses the largest and most important collection of paintings by the French artist, a result of the generous donation made by his son Michel in 1966.

Monet a Padova

Claude Monet (1840-1926), Ninfee, 1916-1919 circa, olio su tela, 130x152 cm, Parigi, Musée Marmottan Monet, lascito Michel Monet, 1966, Inv.5098, @Musée Marmottan Paris

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Pubblicato il February 06, 2024