Monet To Matisse

“Each day I go to my studio full of joy,” said painter William Bouguereau, born in France, 1825. “In the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come … if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable.”

Bouguereau’s work, including  The 1864 Elder Sister (reduction) in our header, is one of the 60 paintings and sculptures included in The French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 at the Vancouver Gallery.

The exhibit, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, focuses on the 1848 French Revolution through World War 2 – ‘when France was the artistic centre of international Modernism.’  It follows key artists who were born or trained in France, artists like Paul Cézanne, March Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Auguste Rodin.

Pierre-Edouard Frère. The Little Cook. 1858

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Young Women of Sparta. 1868-70

Jean-Léon Gérôme. The Carpet Merchant of Cairo. 1869

Jules Breton. Breton Peasant Woman Holding A Taper. 1869

Berthe Morisot. Madame Boursier and Her Daughter. 1873

Jehan-Georges Vibert. An Embarrassment of Choices (A Difficult Choice). Before 1873

Auguste Rodin. The Age of Bronze. 1876. Cast 1967

Edouard Manet. Young Girl on a Bench. 1880

Claude Monet. Rising Tide At Pourville. 1882

Paul Cezanne. The Village of Gardanne. 1885-86

Jules Breton. The End of the Working Day. 1886-87

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Vineyards at Cagnes. 1908

Raoul Dufy. The Regatta. 1908-10

Augustus John. Woman by a Riverbank. 1910-12

Lajos Tihanyi. The Critic. 1916

Henri Matisse. Crossroads at Malabry. 1916

Edgar Degas. Dancer at Rest, Hand Behind Her Back, Right Leg Forward. Modelled 1882-95. Cast 1919-32

Pierre Bonnard. The Breakfast Room. 1925

Jean Hélion. Composition. 1939

Yves Tanguy. Dress of the Morning. 1946

The French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 runs at the VAG until May 20, 2019.

Written by Elizabeth Newton

William Bouguereau. The Elder Sister, (reduction). 1864


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