McNay Art Museum presents "Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns"
McNay Art Museum presents "Monet to Matisse: A Century of French Moderns," which includes nearly 60 paintings and sculptures from Brooklyn’s renowned European art collection as well as selections from the McNay’s prized holdings.
The exhibition celebrates France as a major artistic center of international Modernism from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. At the time, the genres of portraiture, landscape, the still life, and the nude were redefined in radical ways. The paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in this presentation exemplify the avant-garde movements that defined a hundred years, spanning early attempts to faithfully capture everyday life and concluding with introspective reflections of a disrupted landscape, beginning with the reign of naturalism and ending with the rise of abstraction.
It also inaugurates the McNay’s radically reconfigured Tobin Exhibition Galleries in the Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions as an homage to the vision of its architect, Jean-Paul Viguier. The result is an inspiring open plan that both showcases the beauty of Viguier’s design to great effect and provides visitors with a fresh and dynamic experience.