Posts made in 2016

Gallery 5 Post Impressionists

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

Gallery 5 Post Impressionists

Gallery 5 contains more landscapes but these are Post-Impressionist, Fauve or Cubist.  There are two by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)- a most beautiful landscape of an Aqueduct in the Aix countryside. The Aqueduct  itself (in this painting) is seen in the distance, through tall trees which really dominate the painting.  Reading round, trying to understand more, it seems he painted many different views of the same landscapes showing just how different the same area can look from different view points, in different lights and different moods.  This painting was apparently...

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Gallery 4 : landscapes by Monet

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

Gallery 4 : landscapes by Monet

Gallery 4 is full of landscapes.  Shchukin was clearly a deeply thoughtful and spiritual man as well as a successful businessman and great traveller.  He came into contact with Paul Durand-Ruel (whose collections formed a subject of a recent National Gallery exhibition) in 1898 and began collecting the French Impressionists – long before most people became interested.  Gallery 4 contains 8 works by Monet painted between 1866 and 1904 – this beautiful painting of foggy, dirty London was actually completed when Monet was living in Giverny.  Shchukin had a...

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textiles and prints: Gallery 3 Louis Vuitton

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

textiles and prints: Gallery 3 Louis Vuitton

This gallery feels very different from all the others.  It displayed some of the first pictures that Shuchkin collected between 1898 and 1905.  The pictures seem more conventional,  selected for their decorative and narrative attributes and framed in  heavy gilt.  There is a a pre-Raphealite painting – an Edward Burne-Jones(1833-1898) which is very beautiful and shimmers with light and colour but it does look oddly out of place.  ‘The Dauphin’s Salon at Versailles’ by Lobre (1862-1951) is very beautiful and was apparently a...

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Icons of Modern Art: Louis Vuitton Foundation

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

Icons of Modern Art: Louis Vuitton Foundation

    In the second gallery of the Shchukin Collection  there is multimedia presentation by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke which reinterprets the paintings by Henri Matisse – The Dance (1909) and Music (1910). These large panels were commissioned by Shchukin to grace the stairway of the Troubetsko Palace.  It seems surprising (given our preconceptions about the cultural mores of the time) that these wonderful pictures of  naked dancers were put in such a prominent picture in his house.  The pictures are full of joy and life and colour. The...

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Wonderful Exhibition: Icons of Modern Art: Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

Wonderful Exhibition: Icons of Modern Art: Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Why have we never heard of Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin? He assembled one of the greatest collections of modern art assembled by one man and showed great prescience,  in his recognition of new artists.  Some of these wonderful paintings are now on show at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. It must partly be because he is Russian and lived as the revolution took hold – so that his collection was ‘nationalised’ and then later broken up by Stalin and he remained unrecognised for that he had achieved for ideological reasons.  (More prosaically,  his name...

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