Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Perlman Collection on line. New website for impressionist art

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), Three Pears, ca. 1888–90
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on cream laid paper

The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, owner of 72 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, makes its collection accessible to everyone with the launch of

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), Still Life with Carafe, Bottle, and Fruit, 1906
Watercolor and soft graphite on pale buff wove paper

 The website allows visitors to enjoy individual artists and works as a private collector would – intimately and over time; to examine each work at the brushstroke level of image resolution and right up to the unframed edges of each canvas; to create their own galleries from the collection; and to save those galleries privately or share them socially.

At the heart of the Pearlman Collection are 33 works by Cézanne including 16 watercolors that are rarely exhibited because of their sensitivity to light. A masterpiece by Van Gogh, two iconic Modigliani portraits and a limestone head, seven oil paintings by Chaim Soutine and works by Gauguin, Manet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas complement each other and comprise a personal collection that reflects a modernist eye.

 Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920), Mateo, 1915
Brush and brown wash over graphite

The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection is on long-term loan to The Princeton University Art Museum, where many of the major works are on display. A five-city tour of the collection’s masterpieces - organized in conjunction with Princeton – is planned for 2014-15. While individual works are often loaned to special exhibitions around the world, the collection has not been seen outside of the New York area for more than 35 years.

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