Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, et al.: exhibition collections

"I am just learning how to paint," Pierre-Auguste Renoir said in 1913. The French master, who died in 1919 at age 78, continued painting up to the end of his life (right: a 1909 self-portrait). The works illustrated in Renoir in the 20th Century come from the last three decades of his life and include subjects such as nudes, landscapes, girls at a piano, and children with their nanny. They're all marvels—especially considering that he had near-crippling rheumatoid arthritis.
Unlike earlier artists who painted night scenes by day from memory, Vincent van Gogh painted his nocturnal scenes outdoors, using gaslight and color in innovative ways to depict sunsets and starlight in luminous yellow tones. Some of the most resplendent are showcased in Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night.

 Like the Renoir and van Gogh books, Visions of Arcadia originated as an exhibition (in this case, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art). The show, titled "Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia," was built around three major works representing the theme of an earthly paradise: Gauguin's Tahitian canvas "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?," from 1897-98; Cézanne's "The Large Bathers," from 1900-06; and Matisse's experimental "Bathers by a River," painted between 1909 and 1917.
"In addition to probing each artist's interpretation of the subject," wrote the Wall Street Journal, the show illuminates an Arcadia-themed interconnectedness among its three Modern stars. Matisse was a great admirer of Cézanne's and the proud owner of his 'Three Bathers,' a small canvas from 1875 with an Arcadia theme." Additional pieces by Poussin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Georges Seurat, Auguste Rodin, Henri Rousseau, and many others are included as well. Below are "The City of Paris" (1910-12) by Robert Delaunay, "Three Nudes in the Forest" (1908) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and "Boys Bathing" (c. 1910) by Natalia Sergeyevna Goncharova.
Don't forget that these beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogs will be an additional 10% off if you purchase them on our website (www.salebooks.com) by midnight tomorrow night (Dec. 4)—as will anything else you buy from us online! Just use code 13547 at checkout.

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