|The Floor Scrapers. 1875. Oil on canvas. H. 102; W. 146.5 cm © RMN, Hervé Lewandowski|
I am heading to Nashville, Tenn this weekend to go to the Frist Museum . I am excited to see the above painting again. I have been lucky enough to see this painting in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay. It is a huge canvas that I remember standing in front of in awe. The wood floor is in its different stages of being scraped. I could almost smell the wood, the varnish and sweat. Hear the scraping sound and the noises of the workers working. Powerful.
The Frist Museum is hosting an exhibit called the Birth of Impressionism.The exhibition includes 100 masterpieces of mid-to-late 19th-century French paintings. There are works from Courbet, Manet, Cézanne, Monet, and Renoir; Salon painters such as Bouguereau; and artists who moved easily between convention and innovation such as Degas, Fantin-Latour, and Whistler. The d'Orsay sent these paintings out while they re-vamped the space these paintings hang.
I am excited to see what other paintings they have sent for this exhibit and to be reacquainted with The Floor Scrapers.
The exhibit will be there until January 23, 2011.