Jakarta. The Musée d'Orsay in Paris will display more than 60 Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot and the likes at the National Gallery Singapore from Nov. 16 to March 11.
"Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From the Musée d'Orsay " by curators Marine Kisiel and Paul Perrin is the museum's first Impressionist exhibition in Southeast Asia.
"We hope [Asia] will appreciate these beautiful and evocative paintings that were part of the first modern art movement in our history. The exhibition 'Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay' will present carefully selected paintings from the museum's Impressionist collection, which is the best in the world in this domain," Musée d'Orsay president Laurence des Cars said in a statement.
Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that was a response to carefully composed works of neoclassicism and romanticism, best known for visible brush strokes, depiction of light and the use of striking colors. It was initiated in the 1860s by artists like Monet and Renoir. Despite opposition and criticism that it faced upon its emergence, the movement flourished and later inspired painters such as Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh.
The Singapore exhibition will feature well-known masterpieces "Waterlily Pond, Pink Harmony" by Monet, "Gabrielle With a Rose" by Renoir and "The Cradle" by the first lady of impressionism, Morisot.
National Gallery Singapore director Eugene Tan recognizes Impressionism as one of the most influential movements in the history of art.
"In fact, the influence of Impressionism can be seen in many works of Southeast Asian artists. The selection of works from the Musée d'Orsay's collection provides both art aficionados and the newly initiated an accessible and visually powerful introduction to Impressionism and some of its defining themes and ideas," he said in a statement.
The exhibition will be complemented by "Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna," two prolific Southeast Asian artists who lived and worked in Europe. Both exhibitions will be held at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery at National Gallery Singapore. Tickets cost $15 for Singaporeans and permanent residents, and $25 for non-Singaporeans.