National Gallery show to bring modernist art of masters to London


London’s National Gallery will launch a new exhibition next year featuring more than 100 paintings and sculptures by the greatest artists, including Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.

The ground-breaking exhibit titled “After Impressionism” will bring together radical art of European cities from 1886 to 1914 for the first time, all made possible by loans from galleries around the world.

The display will begin with work from late 19th-century French artist Paul Gauguin, Dutch impressionist master Van Gogh, French sculptor Auguste Rodin and French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. Cezanne’s masterpiece Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Gauguin’s “Vision Of The Sermon” and “The Channel of Gravelines, Grand Fort-Philippe” by French artist Georges Seurat will serve as particular highlights of the exhibition.

Visitors to the National Gallery will journey through the art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries created in cities such as Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Vienna and Barcelona.

The exhibition will finish with some of the most significant modernist works, ranging from expressionism to cubism and abstraction.

Undated handout photo issued by the National Gallery of Georges Seurat, “The Channel of Gravelines, Grand Fort-Philippe,” 1890 is one of the works from a planned National Gallery show of more than 100 paintings and sculptures next year. (DPA)

It will showcase work from Dutch master Mondrian, Spain’s Picasso, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, French Henri Matisse and Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.

“After Impressionism” has been curated by art historian MaryAnne Stevens and Christopher Riopelle, the National Gallery’s Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, with art historian and curator Julien Domercq.

“In this exhibition we seek to explore and define the complexities of a period in art, and in wider cultural manifestations, that can assert the claim to have broken links with tradition and laid the foundations for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Stevens said.

The artwork is on loan from museums and private collections around the world. Lenders include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musee Rodin in Paris and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona.

“After Impressionism” will go on display at the National Gallery from March 25 until Aug. 13 next year.

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