Art

Earthy Anecdotes: Zola’s House at Médan, by Cézanne

In a recent piece on Cézanne’s Banks of the Marne, I mentioned by way of comparison the painting Zola’s House at Médan, another composition where house peek out amid dense foliage, atop river banks, with the buildings and greenery reflected in the river. Zola’s House at Médan is otherwise known as Le Château de Médan. Painted between 1879 and 1881, it is now part…

Monet Across Three Decades: From Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre in the Garden to Meadows at Giverny

Monet Across Three Decades: From Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre in the Garden to Meadows at Giverny

Monet – Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre in the Garden (1866) Monet – Corner of the Garden at Montgeron (1876) Monet – Pond at Montgeron (1876) Monet – Meadows at Giverny (1888) The exhibition Impressionism: Sensation and Inspiration at the Hermitage Amsterdam – contextualising Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas and Sisley by juxtaposing them with their 19th Century forebears, contemporary Salon artists, intermediaries and successors; and which I mentioned in a previous piece on…

Banks of the Marne, by Cézanne

Banks of the Marne, by Cézanne

The Hermitage Amsterdam is currently home to two complementary exhibitions. The first, Impressionism: Sensation and Inspiration, with a tagline explaining that the works on display are ‘Highlights from the Hermitage’, endeavours to place the Impressionists within their French Nineteenth Century context. It shows Neoclassicists Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Léon Gérôme, the Romanticism of Delacroix – who Van Gogh regarded as the supreme colourist,…