Post Impressionism:115 Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay Opens at The National Art Center in Tokyo

The National Art Center in Tokyo presents “Post Impressionism:115 Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”, an exhibition that brings together nearly 100 masterpiece paintings from the legendary collections of the Musée d’Orsay. Open 2010 May 26 − August 16.

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. We hope that our presentation of many quintessential masterpieces will provide you with a fresh perspective on the bold challenges taken up by the Post-Impressionists, and the rich legacy of art that they created.

Image: Maurice Denis Procession under the trees (Green trees), 1893 ®RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski / distributed by AMF Estate of the artist

Museum hours
10:00 − 18:00
(Fridays 10:00 − 20:00)
Last Admission : 30 minutes before closing
Closed on Tuesdays

The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

www.nact.jp

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