TOKYO.- The National Art Center in Tokyo
present "Post Impressionism:115 Masterpieces from the Musée dOrsay", an exhibition that brings together nearly 100 masterpiece paintings from the legendary collections of the Musée d Orsay.
France in the late 19th century was home to a diverse array of painters whose fertile genius was shaped by the artistic innovations wrought by the Impressionists. Throughout the later 1880s and the 1890s, these painters Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat, among others used their own modes of expression to produce imaginative works that earned them a place in history as the Post-Impressionists.
That era of Post-Impressionism serves as the focus of this exhibition. Over the years, Post-Impressionism has been portrayed as a movement that formed the antithesis to Impressionism and set the stage for the emergence of avant-garde painting in the 20th century. However, this depiction does not convey the immense diversity and prolificacy that characterized painting in the Post-Impressionist age, an era powered by crisscrossing streams of art springing forth from the cultural treasure house that was fin-de-siècle Paris.
"Post Impressionism" explores the various facets of painting from the late 19th century on into the early 20th century, beginning with the roots in Impressionism.
"Masterpieces from the Musée dOrsay" explores the dramatic changes in late 19th century European art through some of the best-known and much-reproduced paintings. Indeed many of these paintings are central to the Musée dOrsays high reputation, both in France and world-wide.
Post-Impressionism announces a break from Impressionism, the revolutionary movement which occurred in France in the second half of the 19th century. By the mid 1880s, artists were experimenting with even more radical ideas. Van Goghs intense, richly coloured surfaces communicate emotionally through the artists expressive manipulation of paint. Gauguins monumental, decorative and often exotic works stand for a new and at times brutal aesthetic directness.
Cézannes mastery of the genres of still-life, landscape and portraiture fulfils his own prophetic promise to astonish with an apple! These artists encapsulate the challenges to painting and the development of a multi-faceted avant-garde at this time: Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism, Synthetism, Symbolism, School of Pont-Aven, Cloisonnism, the Nabis and Intimism.
In addition to some of the most famous painters, the exhibition includes Symbolist masterworks by artists who are now less known to a general public, but who had a profound impact on their contemporaries. Visitors will find jewel-like domestic scenes and figures, portraits of friends and family members, as well as several large decorative schemes designed for specific interiors. "Masterpieces from the Musée dOrsay" reveals cross-influences between artists, and shows the flowering of the modern movements throughout Europe. These fascinating paintings forecast the development of Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism and led also to Abstraction in the 20th century.