Monet to Picasso (Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
I got free tickets to the Monet to Picasso Art Exhibition! It was pleasing that The Chosunilbo Daily gave the the opportunity to host ‘Monet to Picasso’ Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for the first time in Korea. Collections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art enclosed 96 pieces including oil paintings, drawings, and sculptures from famous artists.
I went to the Monet to Picasso Art Exhibition on March with my parents at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Arts Center. I felt like I was in an art history trip of my own because the art periods focused in the exhibition were like the long march of Modern Art: Realism/ Modern Life, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Picasso and the Avant-Garde, and all the way to American Art. Throughout my junior year, I’ve visited various exhibitions and it seemed like this exhibition was a summary of all those exhibitions I went previously. So I’m here back again to analyze about the exhibition itself and what I liked, disliked about it.
Realism and Modern Life focused on beautiful landscapes of the nature and the beauty of women mainly using rough and obvious brushstrokes that blurred the distinction between sketches and finished pictures. From 1874 to 1886, a group of innovative French painters known as the Impressionists presented a revolutionary way of representing the world. They mainly worked outdoors and made rapid notations with brushes and palette knives trying to capture the immediate awareness of their surroundings at specific times of a day or in various weather conditions. We call this period, Impressionism. Famous artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh created Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, painting exotic, evocative, and expressive subjects exploring new ways of using color. Next off is the period of Picasso and the Avant-Garde Movement. Between 1907 and 1912 in Paris, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque devised a new language of representation in which space and volume were depicted in ways that called attention to the flatness of a picture rather than making an artwork three dimensional. Then the art period moves all the way to American Art. In 1913, the Association of American Painters and Sculptors organized an exhibition that displayed European and American modern art side by side and demonstrated that Modernism had arrived in the United States. Famous artists such as Marsden Hratley, John Marin, and John Sloan began exploring subjects using unique styles of their own, which mainly focused on abstraction and Surrealism. Distinctive landscapes and wildlife of the United States inspired painters such as Charles Demuth, Roy Lichtenstein, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
I’ve enjoyed the exhibition so much. People probably thought I was an art freak because I was taking notes all over the place. I didn’t have paper to write on so I even ended up taking notes on an envelope where the free tickets were contained. My favorite period was Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. This was because most of the artworks portrayed beauty of women, landscapes, flowers, and so on. Artworks such as The Ballet Class (Edgar Degas), Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge (Mary Stevenson Cassatt), Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand (Pierre-Auguste Renoir), and The Sacred Mountain (Paul Gauguin) led me down to a path of endless pleasure and it probably did to many others. I also liked how the exhibition looked almost exactly like the Philadelphia Museum of Art; I’ve never been to Philadelphia Museum of Art before but it gave me a good view of what it would be like to be at that Museum. Although I had a hard time taking notes since there were so many people in the exhibition, I still had so much fun and the money would have been worth it if I didn’t have free tickets!