Beyond Impressionism

On View October 21, 2017 starting at 12 PM – January 21, 2018

In partnership with The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Columbus Museum of Art presents Beyond Impressionism – Paris, Fin de Siècle:  Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and Their Contemporaries. CMA is the only U.S. venue for this extraordinary exhibition. Featuring approximately 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and works on paper, the exhibition explores the Parisian art scene, focusing on the most important French avant-garde artists of the late 19th century, including Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Vallotton, Odilon Redon, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 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, though the avant gardes added introspective scenes and fantastical visions to the repertoire.

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Member Only Preview Days
Friday October 20
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Member Only Gallery Viewing
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Meet Ann Dumas, the Beyond Impressionism Curator

Saturday October 21
10:00 AM -12:00 PM, Member Only Gallery Viewing
11:00 AM, Curator Conversation with Ann Dumas and Chief Curator David Stark, first-come, first served.

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Wednesdays@2 Talks
Modern Art @ CMA – The Age of Impressionism

October 18, 2:00 PM
Ann Dumas, CMA Adjunct Curator of European Art and Curator at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, looks at Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The Impressionists captured the bright colors of sunlight in loose, detached brushstrokes, working outside in a style that was revolutionary at the time. They were followed by the Post-Impressionist generation of artists who worked in bolder styles that bordered on abstraction, often choosing themes drawn from fantasy and the imagination. Dumas traces the evolution of Impressionist and Post- Impressionist art, examining such CMA masterpieces as Monet’s Weeping Willows and Cézanne’s Portrait of Victor Chocquet and discusses the role of CMA’s Howard D. and Babette L. Sirak Collection. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members. Please note: this program is now SOLDOUT.


Curator’s View – Beyond Impressionism
October 25, 2:00 PM

Chief Curator David Stark provides an overview of Beyond Impressionism. Stark explores exhibition themes, such as landscapes and cityscapes and lives of peasants and workers, and reveals how to identify various movements and styles that created a bridge to 20th-century abstraction including Symbolism, Pointillism, the Nabis, and Art Nouveau. The talk concludes with a look at the colorful posters of Toulouse-Lautrec, to which the origins of today’s celebrity culture can be traced. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.


[Image: Saint-Tropez, Fontaine des Lices, 1895, by Paul Signac, Private collection]