Claude Monet, “Rising Tide at Pourville,” 1882, oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches, © Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum has graciously lent a spectacular body of 65 artworks for an exhibition that highlights France as the artistic center of international Modernism from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, “Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns” is a wonderful exhibition on view through June 4 at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Loaned from the permanent holdings of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, “the works in the exhibition exemplify the avant-garde movements that defined modern art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, tracing a shift from capturing the visual to evoking the idea, from an emphasis on naturalism to the rise of abstraction,” the McNay reports. “The exhibition explores the themes of portraiture, landscape, and still life, providing an opportunity for a multi-dimensional and flexible installation.”

Represented artists include Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Fernand Léger, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Gabriele Münter, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Yves Tanguy, and Édouard Vuillard.

To learn more, visit the McNay Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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