Impressionist masterpieces from private collections are on display | Paint
A treat for fans of the Impressionists has just opened in a Parisian museum where 80 paintings and 20 graphic works unseen to the public are exhibited.
The paintings – including Claude Monet’s rarely shown masterpieces Sur les Planches de Trouville and HÃ´tel des Roches Noires, Trouville – were on loan from 50 private collectors. The exhibition includes other paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, CÃ©zanne and Degas.
The works come from private collections around the world, including the United Kingdom. Many donors have preferred to remain anonymous, but the exhibit contains paintings on loan from PÃ©rez SimÃ³n of Mexico, Texan business lawyer Erich Spangenbergl, financier Scott Black (who contributed a portrait of CÃ©zanne, Monet and of Degas from the artist’s father), and the Nahmad and the Larock-Granoff families.
The exhibition, entitled Les Impressionistes en private: 100 masterpieces from private collections “, is organized by the MusÃ©e Marmottan Monet on the occasion of its 80th birthday. The museum houses an unrivaled collection of works by Monet and Berthe Morisot.
The unique exhibition – until July 6 – presents the paintings in chronological order, starting with the first works, including La Plage de BÃ©nerville by Boudin and Le Bar aux Folies BergÃ¨res by Manet.
The Impressionist masterpieces are being kept for the end. Renoir is well represented and the exhibition includes Madame Renoir and her dog, which has never been presented until now.
Each impressionist is represented by a dozen works, spanning an entire career. The Impressionists often returned to paint the same scene, as Monet did with the water lilies at his home in Giverny or with Rouen Cathedral at different times of the day.
The MusÃ©e d’Orsay keeps another version of his painting of the seafront of the Norman seaside resort of Trouville, whose promenade with its strollers on a sunny day is immortalized in the 1870 painting exhibited at the Marmottan.