Selasa, 15 Mei 2012

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The Scotish National Gallery Celebrates Elizabeth Blackadder's 80th Birthday

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:42 PM PDT

artwork: Elizabeth Blackadder  - "Tulips", 1987. Private collection © Elizabeth Blackadder. On view in "Elizabeth Blackadder" at the Scottish National Gallery from July 2nd until January 2nd 2012.

Edinburgh.- The Scottish National Gallery is proud to present an exhibition highlighting the work of one of Scotland's most accomplished living artists, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder. Celebrating the artist's 80th birthday, the exhibition will present her work in all its diversity, ranging from the much-loved studies after nature, to lesser-known paintings which will challenge expectations.  This landmark exhibition will span six decades of Blackadder's career, beginning with her work in the 1950s and culminating in her most recent paintings. Since the opening of the exhibition that launched her career in 1959, Elizabeth Blackadder has become renowned for her paintings, prints and drawings.  Her work is both cherished by the public whilst being highly respected by the art establishment. She was the first woman artist to be elected to both the Royal Academy and Royal Scottish Academy and in 2001 she was honoured with the title Her Majesty the Queen's Painter and Limner in Scotland, a role that began with Sir Henry Raeburn almost 200 years ago.


artwork: Elizabeth Blackadder - "Flowers on an Indian Cloth", 1965 - Oil crayon on paper. © Elizabeth Blackadder.Born in Falkirk in 1931, Blackadder studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art. Her early work was shaped by her acquaintance with the Scottish painters William Gillies, William MacTaggart and Anne Redpath, whom she met through her studies.  Blackadder's outstanding technical ability was visible from the outset and she thrived in an environment which focused on the primacy of drawing and observation. The exhibition will begin with early drawings of the Italian landscape and its architecture, shown alongside portraits from the period. This will include one of Blackadder herself completed when she was just twenty. These striking works still appear fresh over fifty years later, demonstrating her innate ability with paint and line. From the 1960s onwards, the motif of still-life became key to her development. Like other individual artistic voices of her generation, such as David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin, Blackadder quickly saw the possibilities offered by the vibrant colour and dynamism of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. Her subsequent works injected new life into the Edinburgh School tradition of finding subject matter in the surrounding world. Dazzling canvases, such as Flowers and a Red Table, will fill the central room of the exhibition, revealing the energising effect these developments have had on her art.

Blackadder's studies from nature are perhaps the best-known and best-loved of all her work.  They illustrate a fascination which has continued throughout her long career; the desire to capture the world around her, with no subject being too small or insignificant.   Under Blackadder's analytical eye the modest form of a flower or shell is transformed into a symphony of colour, shape and rhythm. These works will be celebrated with a room dedicated to her drawings, prints and especially her watercolours produced from nature. Blackadder has travelled widely throughout her career, with new sights and foreign cultures providing much inspiration. In the 1980s a series of visits to Japan made an indelible impression on her imagination which resulted in a burst of creativity that embraced new techniques and imagery.  A room in the exhibition will be dedicated to her exploration of the country's unique customs, objects and design and will include works such as the outstanding Self-Portrait with Red Lacquer Table of 1988.

artwork: Elizabeth Blackadder - "Orchid, Blue Vanda". © The Artist. - Courtesy Scottish National GalleryThe display will also include the artist's Japanese-inspired prints, which combine materials such as gold leaf with more conventional printing methods to create exquisite and precious works. The exhibition will conclude with recent and new painting, drawing and printmaking by an artist who continues to work tirelessly. Endlessly inspired by the world around her, she brings the same energy to her art now as she did at the outset of what has become a long and pre-eminent career.

The National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art which we rhe gallery proudly displays in an international context. They care for, research and develop these collections and aim to share these works of art with as wide a public as possible. Every year they welcome over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world to the various Galleries sited in Edinburgh. They have active programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions and where possible work with partners across Scotland to maximise the impact of activities. The National Galleries of Scotland's permanent collection is among the best in the world. Dating from the early Renaissance to the present day, it boasts works by some of the most important artists in history, as well as portraits of great Scots and the world's most comprehensive collection of Scottish art. The collection is free to the public and open daily. Although the collection as a whole is owned by the nation, for administrative purposes, the objects are allocated to one of three major groupings, the Scottish National Gallery contains and shows artworks from the early Renaissance to 1900 and the national collection of Scottish art c.1600-c.1900, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is home to Scotland's history from the sixteenth century to the present day as seen through the portraits of those who shaped it as well as containing the national collection of photography. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases modern and contemporary art, plus renowned Dada and Surrealist collections. Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.nationalgalleries.org

Cindy Sherman signed for M*A*C Self-portraits for Fall 2011

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:41 PM PDT

artwork: We've rounded up just a few of Cindy Sherman's many iconic photographs from the photographer's MAC campaign.

Toronto, Canada - Photographer Cindy Sherman and MAC have teamed up on a fall makeup collection, and MAC just released some totally eye-catching promo shots. The images artfully depict what could be described as makeup malfunctions, but since it's Cindy Sherman, a photographer famous for using her own face as a canvas, we'll chalk them up to seriously cool works of art that fall under MAC's motto of makeup as "Our medium of transformation." Using three different palettes, Sherman stars as three unique characters—a clown, an overdone doyenne, and what seems to be a pink-cheeked ingénue. Besides the vivid "clown" collection, for the most part, the products are beautifully wearable.


Marrakech Art Fair to be Held at Es Saadi Palace in October

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:39 PM PDT

artwork: Hernan Andrea - "Mustapha Chorus" - Oil on canvas -  31" x 42" , 79 cm. x 107 cm. Hernan Andrea - "Mustapha Chorus" - Oil on canvas -  31" x 42" , 79 cm. x 107 cm.

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - The first edition of the Marrakech Art Fair will be held from October 9 to 11, 2010 (with a preview on October 8) at the Es Saadi Palace. Galleries from Europe, Morocco and the Arab world are pleased to invite art amateurs and collectors to present their recent discoveries during a four-day event. Modern art, contemporary art, and emerging scenes will be high on the agenda, during an ephemeral leisure staged between patio and garden through art works and creations from the 20th and 21st centuries.

U.S. Philanthropist Gives Modern Art to Cuban Museum

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:38 PM PDT

artwork: André Masson. (1896 -1987) - Untitled, 1954 - gift to Cuba's National Museum of Fine Art by the Brownstone Foundation.

PARIS - An American-born philanthropist and curator has donated 120 works of modern art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Marcel Duchamp, to Cuba's National Museum of Fine Art. Gilbert Brownstone, 69, is based in France and says he admires Cuba because it has advanced the culture of its people. "I think I can help in this fight," he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse. "I will continue buying and donating works from the collection to the Cuban people."

Exhibition At The Tate Britain Shows The History & Versatility Of Watercolor Painting

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:36 PM PDT

artwork: Friedrich Kunath - "Untitled", 2008 - Gouache, watercolor and varnish on canvas - 200 x 280 cm. Image courtesy of the Saatchi gallery. Kunath is one of many artists to have 'rediscovered' watercolor. "Watercolor" until August 21 2011, at the Tate Britain features a range of works in this medium.


London (Wall Street Journal) - Watercolor painting thrived for centuries before oil arrived around 1500. While oil reigned, watercolor wasn't forgotten, particularly by the British landscape painters, who valued its purity of color and translucent quality, so different from sticky oils. "Watercolour," a show at the Tate Britain museum in London, plucks the art from its usual context, shows of U.K. landscape painters, and traces it back through 800 years of history, from medieval illuminated manuscripts to abstract works of modern-day artists. The museum was renamed "Tate Britain" in March 2000, before the launch of Tate Modern, since which time it has been dedicated to the display of historical and contemporary British art only.

The Whitechapel Presents Pierre Klossowski’s Radical Representations of the Body

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:34 PM PDT

artwork: Roberte And Gulliver

London - Artist, novelist, historian, philosopher and theologian, Pierre Klossowski's life-size mythological and allegorical images of the body create an intense world of violence and passion.  Born in Paris in 1905 Pierre Klossowski's close relationships with Rainer Maria Rilke and André Gide led him to study philosophy before starting his career as a writer and translator.  In the 1930s he befriended Georges Bataille and formed original and controversial stances on theological issues and the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade.  With the outbreak of World War II he studied with the Dominican priesthood in occupied Paris, but later decided against monastic life when he married Denise Marie Roberte Morin-Sinclaire in 1947, who became a muse for his writing and drawing.

artwork: Roberte Attacked By The SpiritsFollowing his controversial publication about the Marquis de Sade, Sade mon prochain (1947), Klossowski's artistic career began in 1954 when he produced six illustrations for the first novel of an erotic trilogy, Roberte, ce soir, which he made after he rejected the illustrations commissioned from his younger brother, the painter Balthus.  His contemporaries, including Robert Lebel, André Masson and Alberto Giacometti, encouraged him to pursue his drawing and to hold his first exhibition in 1956.  This led to many exhibitions internationally, the acclaim of eminent thinkers including Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard and continued to inspire generations of artists until his death in 2001.

artwork: Le Jeune Ogier Dans Les BrasPierre Klossowski surveys the whole of his fascinating artistic career, with over 40 large-scale drawings dating from 1952 to 1988, 3 life-size resin sculptures made in 1990, several films, interviews, production stills and printed material.  The exhibition focuses on key themes that recur throughout his work; Diana and Acteon; The Parallel Bars; Gulliver; Knights Templars and Le Baphomet.

Pierre Klossowski is in the Lower Galleries at the Whitechapel while Hans Bellmer is in the Upper Galleries.  The exhibitions are the first major retrospectives of two of France's most intriguing 20th century artists and reveal how their careers developed amid the encouragement of an intellectual artistic and literary circle.  Often controversial they offer a radical stance through their, often erotic, representations of the body. 

Notes

  • Pierre Klossowski was born in Paris in 1905. He translated Virgil's Aeneid and texts by Kafka, Kierkegaard, Klee and Nietzsche.  His artistic career began when he illustrated his first novel Roberte, ce soir in 1954.  By the 1970s, his art was being exhibited across Europe and reached audiences in Mexico and Japan by the late 1980s.  In 1981 he had a major retrospective at the Kunsthalle, Bern and in 1982 he represented France at Documenta 7.  He worked with many filmmakers: Pierre Zucca and Raoul Ruiz in the early 1970s and Pierre Couliboeuf, Michel Nuridsany and Alain Fleischer in the 1980s.  In the early 1990s he collaborated with the sculptor Jean-Paul Réti. He lived in Paris until his death in 2001.
  • Pierre Klossowski is initiated by the Whitechapel, curated by Sarah Wilson, and organized by Anthony Spira, curator, Whitechapel.  On exhibition until 19 November, 2006.
Visit Whitechapel Art Gallery at: www.whitechapel.org/

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Presents "Twentieth-Century Art ~ The Second Half"

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:32 PM PDT

artwork: Frank Stella - "Cantardie", 1998 - Acrylic on canvas - 283 x 248 cm. - Collection of Robert M. Beren, Kansas Courtesy Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv. - On view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Twentieth-Century Art: The Second Half".

Tel Aviv, Israel.- The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is pleased to present "Twentieth-Century Art: The Second Half", a rehanging of the museum's contemporary art collection. The display of the collection now follows the chronological development of modernism and its varied expressions in Europe and the USA of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s: American Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Pop and Nouveau Realisme and minimal and conceptual art. Also presented are prominent trends of the creative pluralism that developed during the 1980s and characterizes post/neo-modernism. Each year, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art welcomes more than 500,000 visitors, offering them over twenty annual Israeli and international art exhibitions.


David Hockney's Print Works on View at the Wetpaint Gallery

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:31 PM PDT

artwork: David Hockney - "Homage to Michelangelo", 1975 - Etching - 46 x 67 cm. Courtesy Contemporary Art Holdings, © the artist. On view at Wetpaint Gallery in Cirencester, Gloucestershire in "David Hockney RA" from June 4th through July 2nd.

Cirencester, England.- Throughout the month of June, Wetpaint Gallery is privileged to be exhibiting works by David Hockney RA. Hockney is arguably one of the best known artists of his generation, having gained international success from his mid-twenties. Throughout his distinguished career he has enjoyed the medium of printmaking and Wetpaint Gallery is delighted to have a collection of his outstanding etchings and lithographs for sale for this important exhibition. The exhibition is on view from June 4th through July 2nd.


Santiago Calatrava Creates Scenic Designs for The New York City Ballet

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:30 PM PDT

artwork: To celebrate his first collaboration with the NYC Ballet (NYCB), world renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava will serve as Honorary Chairman of the company's Opening Gala on Thursday, April 29th. - Set designed by Santiago Calatrava. - Photo: Paul Kolnik.

NEW YORK, NY.- To celebrate his first collaboration with the NYC Ballet (NYCB), world renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava will serve as an Honorary Chairman of the company's Opening Gala on Thursday, April 29th, an event marking the start of the 2010 spring season. Calatrava, who is best known for his acclaimed bridges, transportation centers and educational buildings, agreed to create scenic designs for five of the company's new productions after receiving a personal invitation from NYCB Ballet Master, Peter Martins.

Museum of Contemporary Art Announces Record-Breaking Exhibition Attendance

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:28 PM PDT

artwork: The Museum of Contemporary Art announced that the exhibition "Art in the Streets" attracted 201,352 visitors.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that the exhibition Art in the Streets, presented in the first year of MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch's tenure at the museum, attracted 201,352 visitors from April 17–August 8, 2011, marking the highest exhibition attendance in the museum's history. Previous attendance records were set with the museum's presentations of Andy Warhol Retrospective (2002) and MURAKAMI (2007), which welcomed 195,000 and 149,323 visitors, respectively. With this exhibition, MOCA expects to double its annual attendance this year to 400,000 visitors.

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Shows Courier & Ives Images of the American West

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:26 PM PDT

artwork: Nathaniel Currier & James Ives - "Prairie Fires of the Great West

Springfield, MA.- Currier & Ives images of the American West will be on view at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 28th through January 29th, 2012 in the special exhibition "Imagining the Frontier:  Landscape and Hunting Scenes of the American West". Fascination with the Western frontier had a major influence on American art in the 19th century. Currier & Ives mass produced images that witnessed the great drama of Westward expansion, including the California gold rush, trappers and pioneers traveling to unknown territories, conflicts with Indians, buffalo hunting, fires on the prairie, and the building of the transcontinental railroad.


Over 60 million buffalo once roamed the American plains. One 19th-century traveler noted that "the plains were black and appeared as in motion." The majority of the artists who worked for Currier & Ives never visited the Great Plains and had to rely on written accounts of the appearance of buffalo to create their designs. The result was that in some Currier & Ives prints, such as The Rocky Mountains, the buffalo look a bit like furry lions. By 1893, only 300 buffalo remained, and they were brought back from the edge of extinction only by continued conservation efforts over the last one hundred years. Images such as The Great West, with a steam train crossing a vast landscape, showed the expanse of the American frontier, a popular and saleable subject for Currier & Ives lithographs.

artwork: Nathaniel Currier & James Ives - "Hunting on the Plains

The title helped to romanticize the idea of Westward expansion.  In 1870, they used the word "great" in as many as nine different titles. Through the use of this imagery Currier & Ives promoted the natural beauty of the American landscape and expressed pride in the country's expansion across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. In many cases, the prints represented the winning of the West as a triumph not of the white man over the wilderness but over the Native American. Today historians often criticize Currier & Ives for the blend of fantasy and reality in their images of the West.

The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts., the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History. The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. \

artwork: Nathaniel Currier -

The Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts is one of the two Springfield Museums dedicated to fine and decorative arts. The Art Deco-style museum was erected in response to a bequest from Mr. & Mrs. James Philip Gray, who left their entire estate for the "selection, purchase, preservation, and exhibition of the most valuable, meritorious, artistic, and high class oil paintings obtainable," and for the construction of a museum to house them. The museum opened in 1934. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to American art ranging from "Portrait of Nymphas Marston" by John Singleton Copley to "Promenade on the Beach" by Winslow Homer to Contemporary glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The American collection also includes the country's only permanent museum gallery dedicated to the lithographs of Currier & Ives. The second floor is a chronological tour of the museum's fine European art collection. Beginning in the Middle Ages with an intricate 15th-century, Hispano-Flemish Fuentes Retable (altarpiece), the galleries lead visitors through the Renaissance and subsequent centuries with fine paintings from Italy and France. The Dutch and Flemish collection is particularly strong. Familiar names in the Impressionism Gallery include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Paul Gauguin. Traveling exhibitions can be found in the Wheeler Gallery. Performances, lectures and presentations are offered in the Davis Auditorium. Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/

Significant Lincoln Exhibit at the New-York Historical Society

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:25 PM PDT

artwork: A giant bust of Abraham Lincoln is on display at the new exhibition, "Lincoln and New York," celebrating the bicentennial of Lincoln's birthday at the New-York Historical Society, New York, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009. Abraham Lincoln came to New York City only five times in his life, yet the growing 19th century metropolis played a central role in burnishing his enduring public image. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Abraham Lincoln visited New York City only five times in his life, and only once as president, yet the growing 19th-century metropolis played a central role in burnishing his enduring public image. That's the point of a new exhibition, "Lincoln and New York," that opened Friday at the New-York Historical Society on Manhattan's Upper West Side to celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The exhibition runs through March 25, 2010. It concludes with his 1865 funeral procession down Broadway, an event attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners. Along the way, it traces New Yorkers' varied reactions to Lincoln, from veneration to vilification.

Katonah Museum of Art Exhibits Joseph Wheelwright's Tree Figures

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:23 PM PDT

artwork: Joseph Wheelwright - "Pine Man", 2006 - Pine tree, spruce arms with pine bark, 288 x 216 x 96 inches. - Courtesy of the artist and Allan Stone Gallery. Photography: Clements/Howcroft, Boston, MA.

KATONAH, NY.- Nothing says summer like a leisurely afternoon in the garden. The Katonah Museum of Art's provides the perfect outdoor spot to eat lunch or escape for some peaceful moments beneath the magnificent 100-year-old Norway Spruce trees that stand sentry over the Sculpture Garden. On June 5, things got even more interesting as five of Joseph Wheelwright's giant anthropomorphic "Tree Figures" were introduced into the Garden and the South Lawn. The Sculpture Garden is open during regular Museum hours, Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am-5pm, and Sundays from 12-5pm. The Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay Street/Route 22 in Katonah.

The Dayton Art Institute’s 90th Anniversary Celebration shows Hello World!

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:22 PM PDT

artwork: Salvador Dali and Walt Disney - Untitled, from "Destino", 1946-1947 - Limited edition serigraph, printed 2006. On loan from the collection of Dr. Lawrence and Holley Thompson.

DAYTON, OH.- As part of The Dayton Art Institute's 90th Anniversary celebration, Chief Curator Will South has organized Hello World! Rarely Seen Art from Our Collection, a show that brings together the museum's "hidden treasures": seldom seen, as well as some never before seen, works of art from out of the museum's vaults. The themes explored in Hello World! include faces and figures, how cultures decorate the world, landscapes (both real and imagined), and flight (of birds, of man, and of the imagination).  The exhibition runs through January 3, 2010, at The Dayton Art Institute.

"Weary Herakles" is Going Home to Turkey says MFA

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:20 PM PDT

artwork: Weary Herakles ("Herakles Farnese" type), Roman, Imperial Period, mid‑ to late 2nd century A.D. Marble, probably from Paros or Aphrodisias. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Leon Levy & Shelby White and Museum purchase with funds donated by the Jerome Levy Foundation. Photo: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MA.- An agreement between the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA), and the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey was signed, transferring ownership of the top half of the 2nd-century AD Roman Imperial marble sculpture Weary Herakles to the Turkish government. Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA, and Murat Suslu, Director General for Cultural Heritage and Museums, signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Museum. The agreement acknowledged that the MFA acquired the object in good faith and without knowledge of any ownership or title issues. It also provided for the transfer of the object, which took place after the signing.

Eugene Boudin Exhibition Honors the Centenary of National Gallery of Art

Posted: 14 May 2012 08:16 PM PDT

artwork: Eugene Boudin - "Concert at the Casino of Deauville"
WASHINGTON, DC – The art of French landscape painter Eugène Boudin (1824 – 1898) will get a rare showing in America, when Eugène Boudin at the National Gallery of Art goes on view in the National Gallery of Art's March 25 through April 5, 2007.  The exhibition of approximately 40 paintings and works on paper will honor the centenary of the birth of Paul Mellon, the Gallery's founding president and the benefactor largely responsible for its Boudin collection, which is one of the largest and most distinguished in this country.  Proclaimed the "king of the skies" by Camille Corot, Boudin influenced a number of impressionist painters, most notably Claude Monet.

artwork: Eugene Boudin - Jetty and Wharf at TrouvilleThe exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.  It will travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as Eugène Boudin 1824–1898: Works from the Mellon Collections at the National Gallery of Art, from November 14 through January 27, 2008.  It has been more than 30 years since the last monographic American exhibition of Boudin's work was held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1976.  The exhibition curator is Florence E. Coman, assistant curator of French paintings, National Gallery of Art.

"The works gathered in this exhibition add up to something timeless in their beauty: the play of light on water and clouds, carefully observed over the course of a lifetime.  It is perhaps this very duality, of momentary sensation and timeless beauty, that made Boudin such a natural addition to the collection of Paul Mellon," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art.  "In Mr. Mellon's own words, 'It seems to me that art makes one feel the essence of something, turning the ordinary, everyday object or scene into a universal one.'"

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Altria Group, Inc.

"For 50 years, the Altria family of companies has supported hundreds of arts organizations that celebrate the vision and voices of established and emerging artists.  We believe the arts are an essential part of a vibrant community and are so pleased to sponsor the Eugène Boudin exhibition.  Boudin was an innovator who inspired Monet and his impressionist colleagues with his refreshing and illuminating outdoor scenes of coastal France.  We hope you too will be inspired by this rare opportunity to view some of Boudin's most glorious paintings, drawings, and watercolors," said Jennifer P. Goodale, vice president of contributions at Altria Group.

The Artist and the Exhibition

artwork: Eugene Boudin - A couple seated on the beach with two dogsBoudin belonged to the generation of realists and naturalists that preceded impressionists.  He made his reputation with small-scale paintings of tourists at fashionable Normandy resorts, and although he received little attention from the general public, his nuanced depictions of light and atmosphere, the freshness of his colors, and the accuracy of his renderings earned the admiration of contemporaries such as Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Corot.  His practice of working outdoors, en plein air, was emulated by Monet, who, together with Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro, eventually created the style known as impressionism. Boudin was invited by Monet to join the impressionists at their first exhibition in 1874.

The National Gallery's exhibition will feature 22 oil paintings and 19 drawings and watercolors.  In the first room, small-scale paintings range from finished exhibition pictures to oil sketches that span the artist's entire career.  They include Jetty and Wharf at Trouville (1863), a finished exhibition picture; Concert at the Casino of Deauville, shown at the Paris Salon in 1865; and a plein air oil sketch titled On the Jetty  (1869/1870).  

In the second room, watercolor paintings on graphite and drawings will be shown in clusters.  Boudin's watercolors, such as Beach House with Flags at Trouville (1865) and A Couple Seated on the Beach with Two Dogs (unknown date) are the graphic equivalent of his oil paintings, depicting leisurely visitors on the northern coast.  One notable Mellon donation is a suite of six graphite drawings from a single sketchbook made by Boudin in 1858 at the beginning of his career, showing agrarian pursuits in the rural Brittany coastal region.  Paintings in this section of the exhibition depict the main commercial occupations in Normandy and Brittany—peasant labor and shipping—and include two of the paintings Boudin exhibited during his lifetime at the Paris Salon: his prize-winning 1883 Salon entry Entrance to the Harbor, Le Havre and Ships and Sailing Boats Leaving Le Havre (1887), which was shown at the Salon in 1888.

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden, located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets and Constitution Ave., NW, are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1.  For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov.  

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Posted: 14 May 2012 08:15 PM PDT

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