Art Gallery of Hamilton Presents Masters of French Realism

The Art Gallery of Hamilton presents Masters of French Realism an exhibition on view through January 15, 2012.

James Tissot, Croquet, 1878, Oil on canvas

Masters of French Realism showcases works by various French painters associated with the central nineteenth-century artistic movement Realism, which achieved its most coherent expression in French painting. At the centre of French Realism was Gustave Courbet (1819–1877), represented in the exhibition by two landscape paintings. While Courbet’s Realist representations of peasants and labourers were motivated by strong political views, other French Realists, such as Philippe Rousseau (1816-1887), found both popular and critical success with their naturalistically painted humble subjects. Another type of Realism is represented in the work of James Tissot (1836–1902), whose Croquet has long been one of the favourite European paintings in the AGH’s Permanent Collection. The Gallery owns more than twenty works by Théodule Ribot, also featured in the exhibition, and is the single best represented artist in the AGH Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection. Together, the works shown here reveal Realism to be a primary strength of this collection. Curated by Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable. The Art Gallery of Hamilton’s French Connection themed year is presented with the generous support of TD.

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