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ART2018.4.6

Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Landscapes as envisioned by Monet, Renoir, and Rousseau

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Before the Russian Revolution in 1917, wealthy businesspeople traveled from Moscow to Paris to buy paintings. Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov were two entrepreneurs who made their fortunes in the cloth and textile business. The modern French paintings they collected make up the basis of the Pushkin Museum collection. Masterpieces of landscape paintings from this museum, including pieces from the two businessmen’s collections, will be exhibited in Japan.

0406_02One of the highlights is Claude Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass, which the master painted when he was 26 years old. It depicts a group of people enjoying a picnic in a suburban wood. With the opening of new railways, it was fashionable at the time to take short trips and enjoy holidays in nature. Parisian in billowy dresses enjoy an elegant lunch in this lovely painting.

Henri Rousseau’s Jaguar Attacking a Horse depicts a lush jungle full of tropical plants. But because Rousseau himself had never traveled to the tropics, this painting is a combination of trees he had seen in Paris’ botanical gardens. This piece is from Rousseau’s later years as a “Sunday painter,” a pattern he continued for many years while working as a customs officer. He was already in his mid-60s, but the vibrant colors speak to his youthful spirit.

Other works exhibited include famous scenes of ruins by Hubert Robert, and Mont Sainte-Victoire as painted by Cézanne. Their varied and vibrant depictions show the transition in views of cities and nature.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Dates: April 14 (Sat) – July 8 (Sun), 2018
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Times: 9:30-17:30 (until 20:00 on Fridays) Closed Mondays (open April 30) Entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time
Admission: 1,600 yen (general)
Contact: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
http://pushkin2018.jp

(credits)
© The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
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Claude Monet, Luncheon on the Grass, 1866
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Henri Rousseau, Jaguar Attacking a Horse, 1910

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