Friday, January 14, 2011

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay

 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.
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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.

Gaylynn

2 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and visit. Stay safe and warm and return with a report for us :)

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Ohhh what fun. I know you'll have lots to tell when you return.

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