Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet
Highlights from the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims
This exhibition will present a choice selection of nineteenth century French paintings from the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims in order to trace the important art-historical development of French plein-air painting through the works of one museum—from Romanticism to the schools of Barbizon and Honfleur, and finally to Impressionism.
The partnering museum in Reims owns one of the largest collections of landscape paintings by artists from the Barbizon School, the majority of which are displayed in this exhibition. One of the most significant painters involved with the Barbizon School is Camille Corot. Reims is proud to own the second largest collection of his work after the Louvre, most of which is shown in this exhibition.
Eugène Boudin was one of the first artists to paint en plein air in Honfleur, encouraging Claude Monet, sixteen years his junior, to follow suit. He can thus be cast as the immediate forerunner of the Impressionists.
The exhibition presented herein will display 45 works in total, by several School of Barbizon painters active after 1830 and by the artists’ circle founded by Eugène Boudin in Honfleur around 1850, to which Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet belonged. To close the topic from Romanticism to Impressionism some wonderful works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro will form the exhibition’s concluding chapter.
This exhibition will be shown at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA, January 20 – April 8, 2018 and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA, May 12, 2018 – August 05, 2018.
Available for booking:
End of August – end of November, 2018
An exhibition curated and managed by Art Centre Basel in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims and the City of Reims, France.
Catalogue Editor: Suzanne Greub
Catalogue currently in preparation