French Moderns: Monet to Matisse

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919), Les Vignes à Cagnes, 1908. Oil on canvas, 46.4 x 55.2 cm. Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edgar W. Garbisch


The Impressionists sparked a revolution in European art in the late 19th century: they broke from convention, and changed the art world forever. French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 features more than 60 works of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned collection of European art, as well as a selection of paintings and sculptures from the WAG’s collection of French art. In this exhibition, you’ll get to know some of the most beloved artists of all time: Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Matisse, and many others.

Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these paintings and sculptures were produced by the leading Impressionist artists, along with those French artists who came before and followed them. The works exemplify the avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries, tracing a shift from capturing the visual to evoking the idea.

French Moderns is presented alongside The Impressionists on Paper, a second exhibition on view this summer at the WAG. For more, click here.

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Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926), Rising Tide at Pourville (Marée montante à Pourville), 1882. Oil on canvas. 66 x 81.3 cm. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1260

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