Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekend Picks for March 28 - 30

Bonnard. "Paris, Rue de Parme on Bastille Day, 1890." part of "Intimate Impressionism," on view at the Legion of Honor. (@FAMSF)

The big opening this weekend is "Intimate Impressionism" at the Legion of Honor. Small exquisite masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art - landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits are on view. The 70 paintings are from the Mellon collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. which is currently closed for renovations.

Vollon. "Mound of Butter." A creator of realist genre scenes and still lifes inspired by 17th century Dutch art, Vollon was admired for his technique(@FAMSF). I wanted to just lick that mount of butter or, better yet, put it on some crusty French bread.

 The works make up what in French might be called a "catalogue raisonné" of small-sized, "intimiste" paintings of French Impressionist art. Giving reasons for the emphasis on "plein air" first laid by Corot, the show goes on to present us with small canvases of what came to be known as the 'Impressionist' group (Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, Berthe Morisot).

 Vuillard. "The Conversation." No artist has ever so suggested the soul of an interior—the sense of habitation.—Julius Meier-Graefe, on Vuillard (@FAMSF)

The paintings' dimensions reflect their intended function: display in domestic interiors. Their intimate effect also extends to the paintings' themes-many are studies of the artists' favorite places and depictions of people familiar to them, and the works often became gifts shared among friends.

 Édouard Vuillard's (1868-1940) long career spanned the fin-de-siècle and the first four decades of the 20th century.

The real treasure of the show comes at the end with a wall of paintings by Vuillard whose thickly pattered works are seldom seen in the Bay Area.

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