Masters of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
In a nutshell
As encapsulated in the title, the exhibition consists of landscapes by French artists from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The works span a period of almost 300 years, from the 17th to the 20th century. The curators do a nice job of explaining the progression from landscapes as backdrops for paintings of gods and saints to more of an admiration of nature itself and scenes of everyday life. There is a geographic movement of subject matter as well: from Paris to its outskirts to central and southern France.
The 65 paintings are displayed over three floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The audio guide is available in English and the supplemental information was helpful because the extended captions for almost every painting are in Japanese only. The introduction and chapter information and the list of works are in English and Japanese.
Taking photos is not allowed in the exhibition. There is photo area at the end with a large backdrop of Rousseau’s Jaguar Attacking a Horse (above).
Landscapes might be considered boring but the beauty captured in the paintings and the opportunity to see work by masters such as Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézenne, make a visit worthwhile.
Anyone interested in art history, or who enjoys the beauty of landscapes, would enjoy this exhibition.
How far out?
Centrally located in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
How much time?
About an hour with the audio guide.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission.
July 8, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.