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Paris, fin de siècle

Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries

May 12, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Featuring approximately 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and works on paper, the exhibition Paris, fin de siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries analyzes the Parisian art scene, focusing on the most important French avant-gardes of the late 19th century, particularly the Neo-Impressionist, Nabi, and Symbolist movements and their champions. The Parisian fin de siècle was a time of political upheaval and intense cultural transformation. Mirroring the many facets of an anxious, unsettled era, this period saw the emergence of a broad spectrum of new artistic movements. Despite the diversity of styles, their subject matter remained largely that of their still-active Impressionist predecessors: landscapes, the modern city, and leisure-time activities, although introspective scenes and fantastical visions were now added to the repertoire. Analyzing the activities of these avant-gardes, the exhibition explores some of the most prominent artists of that period in depth, such as Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Vallotton, Odilon Redon, or Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

Pierre Bonnard
People in the Street (Personnages dans la rue), ca. 1894
Oil on paper laid on board, 24 x 25 cm
Private collection

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