Selection of French Masterpieces from the Pushkin Museum on View in Budapest

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In its exhibition the Museum of Fine Arts will display selected masterpieces from the uniquely wealthy collection of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The fifty-five works in the exhibition provide an overview of French painting from the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth. The show runs until the middle of April and will greet visitors with prominent works of Impressionism, Symbolism from the last decade of the nineteenth century, and the first avant-garde movements bearing the stamp of the Fauves and the Cubists. The period is conjured up through masterpieces by Courbet, Corot, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso and others.

The Budapest exhibition, which could previously be seen in the exhibition halls of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny, Switzerland, does not merely seek to present a picture of the development and most important trends in modern French painting but also to pay tribute to two outstanding Russian collectors active at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Ivan Morozov and Sergei Shchukin. The bulk of the masterpieces in the present Budapest exhibition originate from the extraordinarily rich, internationally acclaimed collections of these two wealthy Russian textile manufacturers. The fifty-five works selected from the Pushkin Museum’s collection provide a chronological overview of the most dynamic period in French art. The greater part of the works by the pre-eminent artists that represent trends spanning six decades, from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, are well known from art albums. The eight separate chapters of the exhibition present this exciting period of art history through masterpieces of remarkable significance: Degas’ Dancer at the Photographer’s, Mount Sainte-Victoire - one of the early pieces from a series painted by Paul Cézanne -, Monet's Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, Renoir's In the Garden, Matamoe - one of Gauguin's canvases painted in Tahiti, In the Prison Courtyard - a painting by Van Gogh with a surprising theme -, Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance” by Matisse, and Picasso's Acrobat and Young Harlequin. The sections titled Realism, The Barbizon School, Impressionism, Cézanne, Founders of Modernism, Symbolism, The Fauves, and The Start of the Avant-garde provide the systematic framework for the displayed works...

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