Glimpses of French Impressionists
Staatsgallerie, Stuttgart Showing until: 13 November 2016
Glimpses. Views. Impressions. Masterworks of French Impressionism includes paintings, works on paper and sculptures which are all drawn from the rich holdings of the Staatsgalerie. The combination of masterpieces of painting and sculpture with outstanding works on paper conveys a compelling and well-rounded picture of the period. Key works, like Cézanne’s Bathers in
Front of a Tent, Monet’s Fields in Spring and Renoir’s By the Fireside, are presented alongside rarely or never-shown works. Degas’ important pastel painting The Tub,
Woman Drying Herself, which is very fragile and has not been exhibited – or lent – in many years, makes a rare public appearance.
The exhibition closes with important Post-Impressionist works, among them Paul Gauguin’s Where are you Going?, Odilon Redon’s Warrior Angel and the complete set of Redon’s Les Fleurs du Mal cycle, which has never been shown at the Staatsgalerie in its entirety.
The layout of the exhibition follows the classic genres: landscape, portrait, interior, the nude and still life. This arrangement allows for new forms of encounters and invites the viewer to see familiar objects in a different context. The range of different artistic techniques conveys a sense of the creative diversity of the period.
Paul Cézanne, Bathers Outside a Tent (Baigneuses devant la tente), 1883–1885, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart