Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, September 3, 2012 - 5:00pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is a new exhibition opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 20th, to  include masterpieces by artists such as Albert GleizesErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Signac emphasizing the French tradition of grand public paintings. Works by Nicolas Poussin and others establish the prevalence of the Arcadian theme. This exhibition is only showing in Philadelphia.

The theme of an earthly paradise, or Arcadia, has been popular in theater, poetry, music, and art since antiquity. In France during the early 1900s, this idea of a mystical place of contentment and harmony was especially potent--illustrated in mural-sized paintings which were often commissioned for public viewing. This exhibition explores the theme in three such paintings of the time: Paul Gauguin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1898), Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers (1906), and Henri Matisse’s Bathers by a River (1909-17). Placed on view together, in a dialogue of sorts, these three masterpieces take visitors to the very foundations of modern art.

This exhibit is made possible by major loans from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Mrs. Louis C. Madeira IV, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Exhibitions, The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, Dennis Alter, and other generous individuals.

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is located in the Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor.

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