Thursday, September 23, 2010

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

Tomorrow is The Day - I (along with a billion other members of the press) get to preview the post-Expressionist show at the De Young. At the risk of sounding juvenile, WOW! WOW! and WOW!

 Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Bedroom at Arles. 1889. Oil on canvas, 22 5/8 x 29 1/8 inches. © RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

The much anticipated Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibition opens at the de Young on Saturday, September 25.
The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay follows on the heels of the first with a selection of the most famous late-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the Nabis Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

It is here where the d'Orsay’s collection shines brightest with masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Portrait of the Artist, and Bedroom at Arles. The exhibition includes a superior collection of paintings from the Pont-Aven school, including Gauguin’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with The Yellow Christ. The exhibition concludes with the Orsay’s spectacular collection of pointillist paintings, represented by the masters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Peter Dubreuil, Eléphantaisie, 1908. Toned matte-surface printing-out print. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

This weekend is also your last chance to see the exhibition critics called “engrossing,” “complex” and “a real treat.”  Impressionist Paris: City of Light at the Legion of Honor closes on Sunday, September 26. Don’t miss seeing over 180 rarely displayed photographs, prints and drawings that bring 19th-century Paris to life.

Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel, Au Square, from L'Estampe Moderne, 1897. Color lithograph

La ville lumière—“the City of Light”: Paris earned this nickname during the 19th century with the proliferation of gas lamps that lit up the French capital, turning night into day and boosting its economic vitality. Moreover, the radiance of the metropolis transcended the glow of its streetlights as Paris ascended to its role as the cultural capital of Europe. Authors, composers, and especially visual artists—painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers—thrived in this dazzling setting.

James Tissot (French, 1836–1902) Ces dames des chars (The Ladies of the Chariots), 1885. Etching and drypoint, Wentworth 78

Impressionist Paris: City of Light explores various aspects of life in and around the city in which these artists came of age. Visitors to the exhibition are transported to Impressionist Paris as represented in over 180 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and several distinguished private collections.

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